The German Mining Museum was founded in 1930 by the Westfälische Berggewerkschaftskasse and the town of Bochum and is a centre of research into mining and metallurgy.
Its research activities have been supported since 1977 by federal and local government.
The German Mining Museum Bochum has a lot to offer to its 400,000-odd visitors annually:
The winding tower above the German Mining Museum has meanwhile become a symbol for the town of Bochum. Visitors can enjoy an impressive view over Bochum as the “Heart of the Ruhr” from the viewing platforms at heights of 50 metres and 62 metres.
In 20 halls a wealth of exhibits are presented, which show in an uncomplicated way, both to the layman and to the expert, the development of mining in its geological, economic, cultural und social surroundings. Original machines and equipment as well as working models open up the “world of mining” to the visitor.
The replica mine 17-22 metres below the museum documents on a length of road of 2.5 km the circumstances and technology of hard coal and iron ore mining right up to modern times.
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