Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

‘From modest beginnings to one of the biggest mining museum in the world’

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM) was founded on 1 April 1930. From modest beginnings as an ‘Historical Museum of Mining’, it has grown over more than 80 years into one of the biggest mining museum in the world. The DBM was specially built as a museum and has no background of a former mining site despite the pithead over the building having been transferred from the Germania Colliery in Dortmund Marten in 1973. Comprising around 8,000 m² of exhibition space, and a 2.5 km long visitor mine, the museum offers an overview of different forms of the extraction of raw materials. This is not just about coal, but also salt, gold, silver, and copper as well as rare materials such as lithium and molybdenum. In our exhibitions we show connections between mining followed by subsequent processing of raw materials and social and cultural developments. Mining is studied and presented not only as one of the primal forms of human production, but also as an economic sector which is still globally active and indispensable today.

The work of DBM is not just oriented to displays and knowledge transfer, but also to research and research infrastructure. As one of the research museums of the Leibniz Association, the DBM is devoted to investigating the extraction, processing and utilization of mineral raw materials. This is in the context of social, cultural, ecological and economic dynamics, across historical periods. With special material science laboratories, an extensive archive and library and its collections, it offers facilities for researchers in a number of different fields. The results of research are incorporated into the exhibitions. In short the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is the cultural memory of the mining industry in Germany.

Between 2016 and 2020 there will be a dramatic reduction in the activities of the DBM. The entire museum building will be refurbished to enable new permanent exhibitions be set up. A new storage building for the collections and a special research wing will form the second stage as a second step of the DBM 2020 initiative to establish the DBM as a forward-looking place of mining memory.


Address: Am Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum, Germany
Phone: +49 234 58770