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 trip site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The old coal laundry is an imposing building, whose visiting alone is worth (over the outdoor escalator just to the top) even if you like no museums. A conceptually well done Museum is then spread over the 3 floors. The combination of old industrial architecture with a modern touch has always pleased me.
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  • You can argue about whether the building for the collection is really suitable. Roads are sometimes a bit further and some rooms rather narrow. Nevertheless, a visit is very exciting, because you learn a lot about history and present in the Ruhr area. Some exhibits, such as that from the Kohleflötzen won, fossils are really spectacular. Time you should allow at least two hours for a visit.
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  • The history and the characteristics of the Ruhr Potts will be shown here on many levels in an original Bill very graphic
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  • This is a superb experience. Maybe not for very small children. It is a total steam punk paradise. Nice and weird subject: the region it lies in, in all it's aspects. You must have interest in old factories and nostalgic technology. Else it's not for you. You will see large halls of ancient machinery used to separate dirt from coal. Plus a view upon what the region has and had. I wouldn't not go on the guided tour: it takes two hours and half an hour would have been enough for the tour. The museum however, is gigantic. It takes almost all day just to walk through it. A walk around the buildings, as described on the available map, is highly recommended.
  • The exterior was interesting & the interior was designed well. However, I can't recommend the interior to families. I was asked to leave for nursing my four month old daughter! I was sent to a stairwell to nurse since the museum employee claimed my daughter could not have food or drink while I sat at a bench in the museum (away from exhibits). In the United States my right to breastfeed my child in public is protected. I thought Germany was more progressive and supportive of families. I'm incredibly disappointed in the museum's treatment of new mothers and families.
  • Great content, cheap entrance, definitely worth the visit.
  • Spent most of the day here, firstly choosing to wander around the hugh grounds and then ducking into the Ruhr museum. Lots to see, not to mention the industrial architecture photography possibilities.
  • 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.

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