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Red Dot Design Museum, Essen

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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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  • What I very regret of this museum is that there is hardly any information about the products were exhibited. It seemed more like an ikea or a design shop than a real museum, while much more could be!
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  • Interesting design museum, not least because of the site of the old mining industry local. The exhibition is very large, and some commercial in its aim, more than focusing on the design, but you are still worth a visit.
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  • You should visit it even if there are exhibitions of interest. Only by the enclave. Very close to the Centre and easy to visit. I will come back safe.
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  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
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