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Ruhr Museum, Essen

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Housed in a former coal and steel complex, Ruhr Museum provides a rather thorough look at the Ruhr region, including the history of the landscape, culture, religion, sports, and much more. You can also get insight into the life of a coal worker and the process of coal extraction by perusing the permanent exhibition on the coal industry. Though the museum does provide some information in English along the way, pick up an audio guide, which will provide a wealth of information that can enrich your visit. Put Ruhr Museum and other Essen attractions into our Essen family vacation planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A very good and interesting Museum which you must see! To start booting it with an escalator 2 minutes to the 30 meter-high entrance (fig. 1). Throughout the exhibition you must accommodate backpacks and bags from certain size in lockers which free of charge are available (Figure2). After you the bags sure has stowed, the great tour of the very large and modern museum can already get started. The Museum offers a wide range of information about the entire Ruhr area really. To do this, often modern techniques used (picture3 + 4). In addition, the wildlife is also not neglected. For example, is a mammoth skeleton find just as many stuffed animals (fig. 6) (fig. 5). The two highlights of the exhibition are certainly the approx. 20 minute 360° film (Figure7), and the panoramic view (figure8) over the Ruhr area on the approximately 45 metres high (figure9) roof terrace. Overall a really breathtaking Museum, which (also by handicapped accessible building with lifts etc.) a really for Museum to recommended all ages. By public transport to reach the Ruhr Museum is Zollverein (Bild10), which is only a few meters before the entrance to the entire area through the station. (Image 4)
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  • I was there several times, but every time I discover something new. Very interesting exhibitions showing the multiculturalism of the Ruhr area. An interesting exhibition of photography and historical exhibitions since early modernity. Something for everyone. And all with the idea of excessive in-industrial landscape. Really worth a visit there.
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  • Industrial building underwent mighty metamorphosis into an interesting and very thought out contemporary museum with conservation of the industrial heritage, including the escalator at the entrance and inside the Red staircase that runs through space as glowing steel.
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  • Excellent museum on many floors .. really gives you an understanding of this region.
  • I absolutely loved the atmosphere in this museum, and the designers did an astonishing job especially on the prehistoric floor. A brilliant synthesis of modern, industrial and very, very old. Don't expect too much information about the industrial complex itself. There is quite a lot of other stuff and really not a lot, besides the actual old machinery, about the building's own history. Price is a bit steep.
  • As a travel writer I found this museum the most impressive of all the museums I have visited. The exhibits covers all subject beyond the elements of coal, steel and mining industry. It is a portrait of modern mankind that deals with everything from immigration to acculturation,from art to culinary and fusions, from technology to logistics and energy........
  • Not worth viewing, it is actually enough to come around and see the ruins of the complex from ones car. The museum is boring, spare the 8 euros for something else. Don't understand why it is unesco heritage since this is a true representation of what the humanity did worst, worst condition of work, coal caused there and causes elsewhere nowadays health diseases, spoiled and polluted the air and water around.
  • Excellent museum complex! One of the best I've seen.

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