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German Mining Museum/Visitor Centre

Das Deutsche Bergbaumuseum in Bochum (Foto: Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius)
The German Mining Museum, Bochum (Photo: Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius)

The German Mining Museum in Bochum (Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum; DBM) has about 400,000 visitors annually and is one of the most visited museums in Germany. It is the most important mining museum in the world and also a highly acclaimed research institute for the history of the coal and steel industry. Museum exhibitions above ground and a re-created underground mining experience give visitors a hands-on impression of the workings of a coal mine. Additionally, a viewing platform on top of the pithead offers a fantastic view of Bochum and the Ruhr area. The two main scientific research areas are "History and Technology of the Coal and Steel Industry” and "Documentation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, especially of the Coal and Steel Industry". Research is therefore not restricted to mining alone, but also covers metallurgy.

Accessible toilets and a lift to the pithead viewing platform are available. As for the underground mining experience, about one half of the itinerary is suitable for wheelchairs (experienced companion recommended). Audio tours are available for the underground mining experience, guided tours for families and groups are also on offer. Special tours for people with disabilities. Only the lower viewing platform is accessible for wheelchairs. The disabled toilets are in the restaurant area.

There are two disabled parking spaces in Europaplatz (Europa Square), directly in front of the mining museum. Barrier-free access is via the side entrance (please notify staff in advance). For further details on accessibility click HERE.

Am Bergbaumuseum 28
44791 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 58 77-0
Fax: 02 34 / 58 77-111
Groups by appointment, tel 02 34 / 58 77-146
Email: info(at)bergbaumuseum(dot)de
Internet: www.bergbaumuseum.de

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8.30-17.00, Sat, Sun and public holidays 10.00-17.00, last cage down mine shaft 15.30, closed Mon and 24-26 Dec| 31 Dec | 1 Jan | 1 May

To view directions and map click HERE.

 

 

Botanical Gardens of the Ruhr-University

Das Wüstenhaus im Botanischen Garten der Ruhr-Universtität in Bochum
The Desert House at the Botanical Garden of the Ruhr-Universtity, Bochum

In the Botanical Gardens, visitors can go on a short round-the-world trip. Different vegetation zones, such as the tropics, the deserts, the savanna, the Alps or just the vegetation from right on our doorstep, can be visited on an area of 13,000 square metres, 3,500 square metres of which are inside glasshouses.

Wheelchair users can take a specially sign-posted tour, any other parts of the gardens are not accessible for wheelchairs. Disabled toilets are near the tropical glasshouse and can be accessed with the standardised Euro-key system.

Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Phone: 02 34 / 32 23 09 8
Internet: www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/boga
Opening hours: Apr - Sep 9.00-18.00, Oct - Mar 9.00-16.00

 

Dahlhausen Railway Museum

Das Eisenbahnmuseum in Bochum-Dahlhausen
The Dahlhausen Railway Museum

The Railway Museum in Bochum-Dahlhausen is one of the biggest museums of its kind in Germany. The collection comprises more than 180 railbound vehicles from 1853 to the present. Visitors get a good overview of the historical development of German Railway engines and cars.

Beside important engine types, there are also istoric passenger and freight cars on display. Many exhibits are real rarities because they are amongst the last specimens of their kind. Others give an insight into specialist fields of the railway service, such as signalling systems or ticket printing. The Railway Museum does not only conserve and restore these vehicles, but it places them them within their typical surroundings complete with authentic buildings and technical equipment.

Level access for wheelchairs is through the big main gate, which will be opened by the staff on request. The staff will also help in case of other difficulties which, for example, vision or hearing impaired people might have. Most of the doors are at least 90 cm wide, very few only 80 cm. There are plenty of seats for people who need a rest. Guide dogs can, of course, be taken into the museum. All information is either written in plain language or shown by pictograms. The nearest train station, "S-Bahnhof Bochum-Dahlhausen" (unfortunately not accessible) is located at 1.5km from the museum. On Sundays and bank holidays the station is linked with the museum via a historic rail bus shuttle.

Dr.-C-Otto-Str. 191
44879 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 49 25 16
Fax: +49-234-94428730

E-mail: info(at)eisenbahnmuseum-bochum(dot)de
Internet: www.eisenbahnmuseum-bochum.de

Opening hours: 1 Mar-18 Nov: Tue-Fri, Sunday and official holidays 10.00-17.00, ticket office closing time 16.00

For directions click here here!

 

Museum of local history Helfs Hof

Das Heimatmuseum in Bochum
The museum of local history, Bochum

The farmhouse Helfs Hof dates back to the 16th century and is one of the very few set of farm buildings within the urban area whose original structure has been preserved. The main building is the oldest existing four-post farmhouse in Bochum-Wattenscheid, and its core area, a big traditional kitchen, can be dated back to the time before 1600. The museum is accessible for people with reduced mobility.

In den Höfen 37
44867 Bochum
Tel.: +49 2 327 / 3 31 50

For more details on the museum of local history please click HERE.

Opening hours:
Summer: Wed 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-19.00
Winter: Wed 10.00-17.00, Sat-Sun 9.30-17.30

 

 

Concert Hall "Jahrhunderthalle"

Die Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum (Foto: Stadt Bochum)
Interior of the Concert Hall "Jahrhunderthalle", Bochum

An industrial monument, a cathedral of culture, a space for human interaction – the former gas power plant of a disused steelworks, once the lifeblood of the smokestack industry, has been transformed into an energy centre of a new kind: a cultural venue that has no peer around Germany and one of the most remarkable festival halls in Europe. Since April 2003, the Jahrhunderthalle has been the main venue of the triennial music and arts festival “Ruhr Triennale” and since 2012 it is fitted out with a new information lobby  for the events of "Festspielplatz Ruhr"

The entire building is accessible for wheelchairs. At all public performances, spaces will be reserved for wheelchair users. The premises are accessible from the car park via a ramp. Access is currently easiest coming from “Alleestraße”. The pedestrian walkways in the park have no inclines, but have a compacted gravel surface. A disabled toilet is located in the basement; it can be reached via two lifts. More information about accessibility can be found HERE.

An der Jahrhunderthalle 1
44793 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 36 930 (Main office)
Tel.: 02 34 / 61 03-0 (Event GmbH)
Fax: 02 34 / 61 03-34 9 (Event GmbH)
Email: info(at)jahrhunderthalle-bochum(dot)de
Internet: www.jahrhunderthalle-bochum.de
Note for users of navigation systems: Formerly Gahlensche Straße 15, please enter "Gahlensche Straße/intersection Wattenscheider Straße" in your navigation system.  To view directions and map click HIER.

 

Art Museum

Der Eingang des Neubaus des Kunstmuseums in Bochum (Foto: Stadt Bochum)
Entrance to the new building of the Bochum art museum (Photo: City of Bochum)

The new building of the museum was erected in the mid-1980s in accordance with plans of Danish architects Jörgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert. The 3,000 square metre construction blends harmoniously with the adjacent old Villa Marckhoff-Rosenstein. The large glass window front and the several outdoor terraces offer a lovely view of the municipal park and let the visitor’s gaze wander from the museum to the park and back. Instead of a stairway, the storeys of the museum are connected by a large interior ramp, which is regarded as a special architectural highlight – and is of course suitable for wheelchairs. It allows visitors to stroll leisurely from the bottom up to the top floor, always offering different views of the various exhibition levels. The museum presents artists and various trends of contemporary art in changing exhibitions.

For wheelchair users, accessibility of the museum is restricted. There are clearly signposted disabled toilets located on the ground floor. A ramp leads from the ground floor to the second floor. Staff are ready to offer any help that may be needed.

For further details on accessibility click HERE.

Kortumstraße 147
(postal address) 44777 Bochum
(navigation systems) 44787 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 91 04 230
Email: museum(at)bochum(dot)de
Internet: www.museum-bochum.de
Opening hours: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun 10.00-17.00, Wed 10.00-20.00

 

Art collection of the Ruhr University

The art collections at the Ruhr University Bochum are unique amongst German university museums. Where other university museums collect historical art, the museums in Bochum focus on the art of the 20th century. The Ruhr University Bochum and the North Rhine Westphalian Ministry of Science have jointly accepted to act as trustees and they are supported by the Society of Friends of the “Situation Kunst – Haus Weitmar”

Disabled toilets and a lift are available. For further details on accessibility click HERE.

Department of the History of Art
Building GA, Forumsplatz (entrance opposite the main auditorium “Audimax”)
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 32-28 644 Sekretariat
Email: Kunstsammlungen-Moderne(at)rub(dot)de
General Information on the Ruhr University Bochum:  www.rub.de
Web page of the Art collection of the Ruhr University.

Opening hours Tue-Fri 11.00-17.00, Sat, Sun and holidays 11.00-18.00, Mon closed (except when a public holiday) ; Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve closed.
Admission free. Tours can be booked via the secretary of the Art History Department.
From Bochum central station, take the tram/underground, line U 35, to "Ruhr-Universität"

 

Situation Art

Blick auf das Erweiterungsgebäude der Situation Kunst in Bochum (Foto: situation-kunst.de)
View of the annexe to Situation Art complex (Photo: situation-kunst.de)

Situation Art (for Max Imdahl) is part of the university's art collection. It is an ensemble of buildings in the grounds of Weitmar House, showing a permanent exhibition of renowned contemporary art. The entire complex is designed to allow art and architecture to enter into a dialogue with nature.

For further details on accessibility click HERE.

Nevelstr. 29c (within the grounds of Weitmar House)
44795 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 29 88 901
Fax: 02 34 / 29 88 902
Email: info(at)situation-kunst(dot)de
Internet: www.situation-kunst.de
Opening hours: Wed & Fri 14.00-18.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-18.00
Admission free!
Guided tours by appointment.

 

Thürmer Concert Hall

Das Thürmer Saal in Bochum
Thürmer Concert Hall

Twenty-five years ago a new cooperation between the Bochum Museum and the company FERD. THÜRMER was launched, which is still bearing fruits today. The Pianoforte Factory FERD. THÜRMER was celebrating its 150th anniversary, and to honour the occasion it established the Bochum Piano Summer, staged annually in the entrance hall of the Bochum Museum.

Stalls I and II are accessible whereas the gallery is not accessible for wheelchairs. Friendly and attentive staff will be on the spot to help you overcome any difficulties.

There are two disabled toilets, which are integrated in the ladies' and gents' toilets respectively.

Friederikastr. 4
44789 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 33 39 033

E-mail: konzertkasse@thuermer-saal.de
Internet: www.thuermer-saal.de

Advance Ticket Sale: Mon-Fri 14.30-18.30 and directly before concerts

 

Old Colliery Hanover

Die Zeche Hannover in Bochum (Foto: lwl.org)
The old colliery "Hanover" in Bochum (Photo: lwl.org)

The pit head of the old colliery ‘Hanover’ rises into the skies of northern Bochum like a medieval castle. Contemporaries were as impressed by its defiant architecture as are its visitors today. A steam-driven winding engine built in 1893 is the centre of attention in the engine house. This engine is the oldest of its kind which is still standing in its original site - a technical dinosaur brought back to life in each demonstration. The interior of the massive Malakow Tower still breathes the atmosphere of hard work. Here is where the miners descended into the pit and here is where the coal was brought to the surface until the colliery was closed in 1978 - one of the last pit-closures in Bochum. For several years now, the colliery has been promoting industrial culture instead of producing coal. Special exhibitions and events, such as steam engine festivals or boules tournaments, attract visitors during the summer season. The most interesting attraction for younger visitors is the Kids’ Colliery where boys and girls can experience the life in a mine by pretending to be a miner.

There are no disabled parking spaces, but wheelchair users can park on the premises after notifying the office or the caretaker (please ring bell in car park for assistance). The disabled toilet is in the toilet area. People in a wheelchair or with a walking disability can access most parts of the industrial monument via ramps or via a lift. Special tours for people with disabilities are arranged by appointment. For further details on accessibility click HERE.

Günningfelder Straße 251
44793 Bochum
Tel: 02 34 / 61 00 874
Email: zeche-hannover(at)lwl(dot)org
Internet: Zeche Hannover
Opening hours: Apr to Oct, Wed to Sat 14-18
Sundays and bank holidays 11-18
Groups all year by appointment

 

Zeiss Planetarium

Das Zeiss Planetarium in Bochum
The Zeiss Planetarium, Bochum

A planetarium is not quite like an observatory: Its domed roof does not open, but, then, visitors get to see the stars also in broad daylight or when it rains. And even if they wish to look through a telescope and see the real moon, or one of the planets or a cluster of stars, there is always the chance to do that as well.

The planetarium is accessible for people with reduced mobility. Disabled toilets are available in the toilet zone. The key can be obtained from the staff. There are about 20 places reserved for wheelchairs.

Castroper Str. 67
44791 Bochum
Tel.: +492 34 / 51 60 60

E-mail: mail(at)planetarium-bochum(dot)de
Internet: www.planetarium-bochum.de