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This page provides an overview of the museums in the Ruhr region. With over 200 museums, the Ruhr region forms one of the largest and most extensive museum landscapes in Germany.[1]

The spectrum of museums and exhibitions in the Ruhr region ranges from archaeological collections to church treasures to contemporary art museums; from local history museums to natural history, technology and industrial museums, to special museums, mainstream and curiosities. The museums and exhibitions focus on the medieval and industrial past of the metropolitan region, as well as its post-industrial, cultural diversity today. In recent years – especially since the events of RUHR.2010 – European Capital of Culture, a more integrated museum landscape of the Metropole Ruhr has been formed. In addition, many industrial monuments without a fixed exhibition offer are accessible via the Route of Industrial Culture.

The Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund, which opened in 1883, is the oldest museum in the metropolitan region; the Museum Folkwang is now the largest museum in the region, with around 800,000 annual visitors. The main sponsors of the museums are the cities and municipalities of the Ruhr region, but also various federal agencies, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Regional Associations for Westphalia-Lippe (LWL) and the Rhineland (LVR), as well as numerous commercial enterprises and charitable foundations and associations. The museums are classified according to their main collection areas or focal points and the museum types defined by the Institute for Museum Research.[2]

Museums

Folklore and local history museums

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)

Historical site Humberghaus Jewish history site Dingden Dingden local history society 1300 (year 2015)
LWL open-air museum Hagen Open-air museum Hagen Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe 144.000[3]
Emschertal Museum Regional Museum Herne City of Herne
Strünkede Castle
Municipal Gallery in Strünkede Castle Park
Museum of local history and natural history Wanne-Eickel
Ruhr Valley Museum Regional Museum Schwerte City of Schwerte
Museum of local history Lütgendortmund Museum of local history Lütgendortmund Museum of local history Lütgendortmund 1988 e.V.
Hellweg Museum Regional Museum Unna Town of Unna
Vestische Museum Regional Museum Recklinghausen City of Recklinghausen
Bergkamen City Museum Museum of local history Bergkamen City of Bergkamen
Museum of local history Breckerfeld Museum of local history Breckerfeld City of Breckerfeld
Museum of local history Bislich Museum of local history Wesel City of Wesel
Museum of local history Helfs Hof Museum of local history Bochum City of Bochum
Hermann Grochtmann Museum Museum of local history Dates City of Datteln
Museum Voswinckelshof Museum of local history Dinslaken City of Dinslaken
Museum of the city of Gladbeck in Wittringen Castle Museum of local history Gladbeck City of Gladbeck
Museum of the city of Lünen Museum of local history Lunen City of Lunen
House of the city history Museum of local history Kamen City of Kamen
Hattingen town museum Museum of local history Hattingen Town of Hattingen
Marl town and local history museum Museum of local history Marl City of Marl
Karl Pollender City Museum Museum of local history Werne City of Werne
Waltrop local history museum Museum of local history Waltrop Waltrop home association
Mining Museum Museum of local history Lunen Multicultural Forum e. V.

Museums open irregularly or to visit only by appointment:

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Elfringhausen Ribbon Weaving Museum Hattingen Citizens’, local history and tourist office Elfringhausen and surroundings e. V.
Miners’ Residential Museum Lunen Förderverein Bergarbeiter-Wohnmuseum e. V.
Iron House Hattingen Local history society Hattingen-Ruhr e. V.
Teacher’s house Friemersheim Duisburg Freundeskreis lebendige Grafschaft e. V.
1.Lower Rhine Carnival Museum Duisburg Main committee Duisburger Karneval e. V.

Art museums

Museen im Ruhrgebiet (Regionalverband Ruhr)
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LM
DKM
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OB
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BOT
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MARL
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RE
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GE
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FH
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RUB
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MM
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MO
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OM
ESM
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GLM
20 art museums in the Ruhr area together form the RuhrKunstMuseen.
Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
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Folkwang Museum Art Museum Food City of Essen 800.000[4]
German Poster Museum
Red Dot Design Museum Product design Food Land North Rhine-Westfalia 200.000[5]
Museum Ostwall Art Museum Dortmund City of Dortmund 110.000[6]
Hagen Art Quarter Hagen City of Hagen 50.000[7]
Osthaus Museum Hagen
Emil Schumacher Museum
Museum Bochum – Art Collection Art Museum Bochum City of Bochum 38.000[8]
Gelsenkirchen Art Museum Art Museum Gelsenkirchen City of Gelsenkirchen
Art Museum Mülheim an der Ruhr Art Museum Mulheim on the Ruhr City of Mulheim an der Ruhr
Ludwig Gallery Oberhausen Castle Oberhausen Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation
Museum DKM Art Museum Duisburg DKM Foundation
Küppersmühle Museum for Modern Art Art Museum Duisburg Foundation for Art and Culture e. V.
Lehmbruck Museum modern sculpture Duisburg City of Duisburg
Gustav Lübcke Museum Hamm City of Hamm
Sculpture Museum Glass Box modern sculpture Marl City of Marl
Museum of the Fair Trade Witten City of Witten
Center for International Light Art Light Art Unna Sponsoring association of the Centre for International Light Art e. V.
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Art Collections of the Ruhr-University Bochum art collections Bochum Land North Rhine-Westfalia
Collection of antiques
Coin collection
Collection of Modern Art
Situation art
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Collections of the Folkwang University of the Arts art collections Food Land North Rhine-Westfalia
musicological collection
Icon Museum Recklinghausen Recklinghausen City of Recklinghausen
Essen Cathedral Treasury Church treasure Food Diocese of Essen
Museum Kamp Monastery Church treasure Kamp-Lintfort Geistliches Kulturelles Zentrum Kloster Kamp e. V.

Museums open irregularly or to visit only by appointment:

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Young Museum Bottrop Bottrop City of Bottrop
Otto Pankok Museum Hünxe Eva Pankok
Museum Island Xanten Xanten

Castle and palace museums

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Villa Hill Food Ruhr Cultural Foundation 145.000[9]
Cappenberg Castle Castle Museum Selm Unna district
House Opherdicke Castle Museum Holzwickede Unna district
Lembeck Castle Castle Museum Dorsten City of Dorsten
Borbeck Castle Castle Museum Food City of Essen
Herten Castle Castle Museum Herten City of Herten
Hohenlimburg Castle Castle Museum Hagen Hohenlimburg Castle gGmbH
County Museum Castle Museum Moers City of Moers
Historical Museum Castle Museum Mulheim on the Ruhr City of Mulheim an der Ruhr
Vondern Castle Castle Museum Oberhausen City of Oberhausen
House Martfeld Castle Museum Schwelm City of Schwelm

Museums open irregularly or to visit only by appointment:

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Heessen Castle Hamm Landschulheim Schloss Heessen e. V.
Museum Saarn Monastery Mulheim on the Ruhr Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Saarn Monastery e. V.

Museums of natural history

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Museum of Natural History Natural History Museum Dortmund City of Dortmund 54.000[10]
Natural Science Museum Duisburg Natural History Museum Duisburg Studio der Heimat e. V.
Geological Museum Kamp-Lintfort geological museum Kamp-Lintfort
Aquarius Water Museum Water Museum Mulheim on the Ruhr RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH 48.000[11]
House Ruhr Nature Water Museum Mulheim on the Ruhr RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH
Sea Life Oberhausen Display aquarium Oberhausen Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd
Bee Museum Duisburg Bee Museum Duisburg Beekeepers Association Rhineland e. V.

Natural science and technical museums

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
German Mining Museum Bochum Mining Museum Bochum German Mining Technology for Raw Materials, Energy, Environment e. V. 370.000[8]
Zeiss Planetarium Bochum Planetarium Bochum Carl Zeiss AG 140.000[8]
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LWL Industrial Museum Industrial Museum Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe
Zollern colliery Dortmund 92.000[3]
Hanover Colliery Bochum 34.000[3]
Nightingale Colliery Witten 42.000[3]
Henrichenburg boat lift Waltrop 78.000[3]
Henrichshütte Hattingen 104.000[3]
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LVR Industrial Museum Oberhausen Industrial Museum Oberhausen Rhineland Regional Council 60.000[12]
Zinc factory Altenberg
Museum St. Anthony Hut
St. Antony Industrial Archaeological Park
Museum Eisenheim in the settlement Eisenheim
Railway Museum Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum Bochum German Society for Railway History 57.000[8]
Museum of German Inland Navigation Maritime Museum Duisburg City of Duisburg
RWE Technology Museum “Electricity and Life Museum of Technology Recklinghausen RWE AG
Radio Museum Duisburg Museum of Technology Duisburg Friends of the Radiomuseum Duisburg e. V.
Chainsmith Museum Fröndenberg Museum of Technology Fröndenberg/Ruhr Friends of the Cultural Centre Fröndenberg/Ruhr e. V.
DASA – Working World Exhibition Museum of Technology Dortmund Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 200.000[13]
Ruhr-Universität Bochum logo.svg
Collections of the Ruhr-University Bochum cultural and natural science collections Bochum Land North Rhine-Westfalia
Botanical Garden of the Ruhr-University Bochum
Herbarium
Medical History Collection of the Ruhr University Bochum
Mineralogical collections
Pre- and early history collection
Technische Universität Dortmund Logo.svg
Collections of the Technical University Dortmund art and natural science collections Dortmund Land North Rhine-Westfalia
A:AI Archive for Architecture and Civil Engineering NRW
Mining and History Museum Oer-Erkenschwick Mining Museum Oer-Erkenschwick Mining and History Association Oer-Erkenschwick e. V.
Museum for mining and industrial history Recklinghausen Mining Museum Recklinghausen Association for Mining and Industrial History Recklinghausen e. V.
Rheinhausen mining collection Mining Museum Duisburg Rheinhauser Bergbausammlung e. V.
Mining collection at the Volkshaus Rotthausen Mining Museum Gelsenkirchen Karlheinz Rabas

Museums open irregularly or to visit only by appointment:

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Dortmund car museum Dortmund Tridelta GmbH
Magnet Museum Dortmund
German Cold Rolling Museum Hagen
Mine and light railway museum Theresia colliery Witten Working group Muttenthalbahn e. V.
Industrial Museum Ennepetal Ennepetal Förderkreis Industriekultur Ennepetal e. V.
Museum at the ore shaft Marl Marl
Dortmund Museum of Local Transport Dortmund Station Mooskamp gGmbH
Telephone Museum Bochum Bochum Telekom-Historik Bochum e. V.

Closed museums or with former headquarters or location in the Ruhr area:

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Lower Rhine Motorcycle Museum Moers Anton and Käthe Schuth

Historical and archaeological museums

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
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LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten archaeological museum Xanten Rhineland Regional Council 575.000[12]
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LWL Museum for Archaeology archaeological museum Herne Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe 207.000[3]
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LWL Roman Museum archaeological museum Haltern on the lake Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe 30.000[3]
Museum for Prehistory and Early History archaeological museum Hagen City of Hagen
Prussia Museum Wesel historic museum Wesel Prussia Museum Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia
Stone Guard Memorial Dortmund City of Dortmund
Gelsenkirchen under National Socialism” Documentation Centre Memorial Gelsenkirchen City of Gelsenkirchen

Collecting museums with complex collections

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Ruhr Museum museum of natural history and cultural history Food Ruhr Museum Foundation 500.000[14]
Halbachhammer
Mineral Museum Essen-Kupferdreh
Museum landscape Deilbachtal
Show flat Margarethenhöhe

Special museums of cultural history

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Museum for Art and Cultural History Dortmund museum of Civil History Dortmund City of Dortmund 121.000[10]
Museum Adlerturm
Brewery Museum Dortmund
German Cookbook Museum
Hoesch Museum
Westphalian School Museum School Museum Dortmund City of Dortmund 19.000[10]
Duisburg Museum of Culture and City History Museum of local history and cultural history Duisburg City of Duisburg
Museum of the prehistory of the film Film Museum Mulheim on the Ruhr City of Mulheim an der Ruhr
mondo mio! Children’s Museum Dortmund Association Action and Play Pedagogy Dortmund e. V.
Borusseum Club museum of Borussia Dortmund Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
German Football Museum Football Museum Dortmund German Football Association 200.000 (2017)[15]
Jewish Museum Westphalia museum of Civil History Dorsten Association for Jewish History and Religion e. V.
Leather and Tanning Museum museum of Civil History Mulheim on the Ruhr Sponsoring and Support Association Ledermuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr e. V.
Haniel Museum economic museum Duisburg Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH
Founder and entrepreneur museum Mülheim an der Ruhr economic museum Mulheim on the Ruhr Sponsoring and supporting association Gründer- und Unternehmermuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr e. V.
Postal History Museum Recklinghausen museum of Civil History Recklinghausen

Museums open irregularly or to visit only by appointment:

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Brandt Rusk Museum Hagen Brandt Zwieback-Schokoladen GmbH + Co. KG
Bunker Museum Hagen Hagen Private museum Michaela Beiderbeck
Bunker Museum Oberhausen Oberhausen Stat Oberhausen
Market and showman museum Food Working Group Culture and Customs Essen e. V.
Mill museum Dinslaken Dinslaken Mill Association Dinslaken-Hiesfeld e. V.
Puzzleum Bochum Bochum Robinson
School Museum Bochum Bochum City of Bochum
Westphalian Fire Brigade Museum Hattingen Feuer.Wehrk – The Fire Brigade Museum e. V.
Pharmacy Museum Dortmund Ulrich Ausbüttel

Closed museums or with former headquarters or location in the Ruhr area:

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Atlantis Children’s Museum Duisburg Europa Museum gAG

Museum complexes

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Bottrop square Bottrop City of Bottrop
Josef Albers Museum Square Art Museum
Sculpture Park Quadrat Bottrop Sculpture Park
Museum for Prehistory and Local History archaeological collection
Kemnade House Castle and local history museum Bochum Friends of Haus Kemnade and the Grumbt Collection of Musical Instruments e. V.
Branch of the Museum Bochum at Haus Kemnade
Farmhouse museum of the city of Bochum
Kemnade Treasury

Art and exhibition halls

Logo Museum Type Location Carrier Visitors (2010)
Oberhausen Gasometer Oberhausen City of Oberhausen 961.000[16]
Red Dot Design Museum contemporary art, design and architecture Food Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen e. V.
cubus art gallery contemporary art Duisburg cubus kunsthalle e. V.
artur contemporary art
Flottmann Halls Herne City of Herne
Dortmund House of Artists Dortmund Künstlerhaus e. V.
Essen Art House Food Kunsthaus Essen e. V.
Recklinghausen Art Gallery Recklinghausen City of Recklinghausen
Halfmannshof artists’ residence Gelsenkirchen Artists’ Settlement Halfmannshof e. V.
Gallery of the Bochum Cultural Council contemporary art and culture Bochum Bochumer Kulturrat e. V.
Hartware Media Art Association Media Art Dortmund hARTware Projekte – Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Art with New Media e. V.
Ewald Colliery Herten
Logo der Galerie an der Ruhr
Gallery on the Ruhr in the KuMuMü – Cultural Museum Mülheim on Ruhrstraße 3 contemporary art and culture Mülheim an der Ruhr Art Association and Art Promotion Association Rhine-Ruhr (KKRR), based in Mülheim an der Ruhr

See also

  • List of museums in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Art and culture in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Long Night of the Museums
  • Ruhr Art Museums

Literature

  • Thomas Parent: The Ruhr Area. From the “golden” Middle Ages to industrial culture (= DuMontKunst-Reiseführer). 5. Edition. DuMont Reiseverlag, Ostfildern 2011, ISBN 978-3-7701-3159-4.
  • Sabine Schütz, Regina Schultz-Möller, Karin Thomas: Modern Art in NRW. A Museum Guide. Ed.: Dietmar N. Schmidt. DuMont, Cologne 2003, ISBN 978-3-8321-7256-5.
  • Julia-Katharina Mundt: Kulturkooperationen im Ruhrgebiet. Goals – Projects – Returns. Books on Demand, Norderstedt 2008, ISBN 978-3-8370-6054-6, urn:nbn:de:101:1-200910081089 (dissertation on the forms of cooperation between the public and private sectors in cultural projects in the Ruhr region, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster).
  • Achim Bourmer, Helmut Linde: Ruhrgebiet (= Baedeker-Allianz-Reiseführer). 1. Edition. Baedeker, Ostfildern 2010, ISBN 978-3-8297-1182-1.

Individual references


  1. Diverse museum landscape.In: MetropoleRuhr. Regionalverbund Ruhr, retrieved on 6 April 2012.

  2. Bernhard Graf: Statistische Gesamterhebung an den Museen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland für das Jahr 2010. Ed.: Institut für Museumsforschung. Heft 65, Oktober 2011, ISSN 0931-7961(spk-berlin.de [ PDF; 669 kB; retrieved 6 April 2012]).
  3. a b c d e f g h 2010 visitor figures of the LWL museums, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, 30 March 2011
  4. 800.000 visitors in the opening year (PDF; 63 kB), Museum Folkwang, 15 February 2011
  5. Press release(Memento of Originals december 25, 2015 on the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/en.red-dot.org (PDF; 51 kB), Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, January 2012
  6. U must remain capable of movement, WAZ Media Group, 24 January 2012
  7. 50.000 visitors at the Hagen Art Quarter(Memento of January 6, 2016 in the Internet Archive), WAZ Media Group, January 28, 2011
  8. a b c d Statistical Yearbook 2010 (PDF; 7.0 MB) p. 212, City of Bochum, 2010
  9. More than 145,000 visitors saw “Krupp. Photographs from two centuries”(Memento of the Originals of 27 August 2012 in the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/villahuegel.de, Kulturstiftung Ruhr Essen, 11 December 2011
  10. a b c Annual report of the Kulturbetriebe Dortmund 2010(Memento of the Originals of 5 March 2016 in the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.dortmund.de (PDF; 2.2 MB) p. 21, City of Dortmund, 2011
  11. Water sign for the thirst for knowledge@1@2Template:Dead link/rwe.com(page no longer available, search web archives ) Info: Thelink was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice., RWE Foundation, 13 February 2012
  12. a b LVR Culture Report 2010(Memento of the Originals of 11 March 2013 in the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.lvr.de (PDF; 3.9 MB), p. 7, Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR), 2011
  13. https://www.dasa-dortmund.de/presse/aktuelle-pressemitteilungen/pressemitteilungen/article/besucherrekord_in_der_dasa_100006037/
  14. Press release(Memento of Originals of 23 December 2011 in the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this notice.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.zollverein.de, Stiftung Zollverein, 12 January 2011
  15. https://www.waz.de/staedte/dortmund/200-000-besucher-kamen-2017-ins-fussballmuseum-id213137353.html
  16. Participation Report 2010 (PDF; 3.3 MB) p. 176, City of Oberhausen, March 30, 2011

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