Ruhr Museum

The Ruhr Museum is located in the former coal washing facility of the Zollverein colliery, shaft XII in Essen. It has existed since January 1, 2008 as an independent foundation within the Zollverein Foundation and sponsored by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhineland Regional Association and the city of Essen. As a regional museum, its permanent exhibition shows the entire natural and cultural history of the Ruhr area. It does not see itself as a classic industrial museum, but rather as a memory and showcase of the Ruhr metropolis.

The Ruhr Museum has extensive collections on natural history, archaeology, history and photography, which are essentially based on the collections of the former Ruhrland Museum in the city of Essen. They are constantly being increased and thematically expanded, particularly with a regional reference. 25,000 selected pieces can be seen as part of guided tours in the display depot of the Ruhr Museum at the Zollverein coking plant. In addition to the permanent exhibition on the nature, culture and history of the Ruhr area, the Ruhr Museum regularly shows special exhibitions, including on topics that do not relate to the Ruhr area.

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  • Saturday10:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday10:00 - 18:00
  • Monday10:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday10:00 - 18:00
  • Friday10:00 - 18:00
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