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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum

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Benthem Crouwel Architekten
location Bochum
function exposition space, monument, museum
contributed by Roderick

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (German Mining Museum) lies in the heart of the Ruhr Area, in the city of Bochum. The museum is one of the most important mining museums and one of the most popular museums in Germany. The current museum draws around 400.000 visitors annually to its 12.000 square metres of exhibition space. The new building, a 1.795-square-metre extension, is linked to the existing structure by bridges. The extension houses temporary exhibits (and research presentations) and the existing permanent collection devoted to Saint Barbara, the most important guardian saint of miners. The new building reflects a cross-section of a mine: a solid, dark, black cube with illuminated passages and mine shafts. Coal inspired the rough, black surface of the facade. The colour of the passageways ranges from white to light orange and deep red. The building looks like it was extracted straight from a mine. A clearly marked route from inside to outside avoids any dead ends.

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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum
Am Bergbaumuseum 28
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 – 17:00
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 10:00 – 17:00
Easter Monday, Whitmonday: 10:00 – 17:00
1 January, 1 May, 24 – 26 and 31 December: Closed
Cash deck open until 16.30
Last underground tour: 15:30
Completion 2009
Floor area/size 1800 m2
ArchitectBenthem Crouwel Architekten
supplierSto Isoned
Client DMT Society for Training and Education & German Mining Museum, Bochum
Project ID 10277
Latitude/Longitude 51°29'19N 07°13'01E
Contributed by Roderick
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