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Red Dot Design Museum, Essen

(4/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Located in the boiler room of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, Red Dot Design Museum combines contemporary art with industrial design. The building itself was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. It represents the height of the German industry, but its factory floor, corridors, and assembly rooms are now open to the public. The attraction's exhibit is designed as a conceptual gallery inside the large complex, but its presence there also represents the German people's industriousness in the world of design, not just manufacturing. With our international travel planner, Essen attractions like Red Dot Design Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The old boiler house is modern dressed by Norman Foster, and outer drum the Bauhaus cover all Zollverein buildings, this is a "Museum" of top-class (the "Museum" exhibits come from the years 2015 and 2016...)
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  • In a nutshell: PLUS - the idea of design objects in adequate surroundings to collect and present is a great and timely idea - the colliery site is also impressive (only for tourists mind you.) For the Ruhrgebietler, it is just an old dirty workplace) MINUS - this red dot award appears creeps: there you can enquire on the net, whether industry and the initiator of this Museum, design Professor Peter Zec are not too close. -some award-winning objects appear questionable, especially the inflation number of giveaways, hmmm... -expensive admission!
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  • Once each year in all categories prizes must be awarded, then the demand for good design does not always in all things can be fulfilled. Less would be more often significant. And also looking back on really good design to show rather than all the "winners".
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  • Bit strange to see everyday objects in a museum but enjoyable to see. Situated in an old mining complex makes for special atmosphere. A must visit if you are interested in industrial design.
  • Unbelievably awesome design. You can see, touch and try a lot of things. The museum itself is decorated unbelievably nicely - the architecture and layout is part of the art itself. If you appreciate master-class communication or product design, this is a MUST SEE for you. Also, the counter and shop staff was very nice :)
  • Nice contemporary industrial designs on display here. It's interesting to see items of everyday on display at a museum, it makes them shine in another light
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  • Having visited the Singapore counterpart, I knew what to expect, but found it hard to explain to my companions for the day. "A wide variety of well designed products" from cake-cutters to cars just doesn't seem to do it justice, but for a few Euros it is worth checking out. Especially as the exhibits change at least once a year.