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Industry Museum in Ruhr

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Under one of the longest names imaginable, the original industrial museum in Germany is also its largest.  Pooling various locations across Westphalia together, the Industry Museum, Industriemuseum, presents how the industrial age shaped and influenced the region.

Eight former places of work are united under the auspice of the Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Culture. Architectural features in the industrial monuments are both fascinating and unique. Themes of the powerful past are linked with issues of the today, thus bringing buildings back to life, preserving industrial heritage.

Sites in the Ruhr Metropolis are the Textile Works, TextilWerk, in Bocholt; Hannover Colliery, Zeche Hannover, in Bochum; Zollern Colliery, Zeche Zollern, in Dortmund; Iron and Steel Works, Henrichshütte in Hattingen; Nightingale Mine, Zeche Nachtigall, in Witten; the Shiplift, Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg, in Waltrop; Brickworks, Ziegelei in Lage and the Glassworks, Glashütte, Gernheim in Petershagen

By Vincent Green, Mar 22 2021


Grubenweg 5
44388 Dortmund

+49 211 899 6170

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Happenings vary from celebrations, marking an opening or anniversary to a market or one-off concerts and activities. Information for the expat community to acquire an insight on such unique events and gatherings large or small.

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Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

Public Transport

The public transport system in Ruhr is extensive, safe and normally efficient. A dense network of trams, Strassenbahn, above and below ground as well as buses serve the cities and suburbs. Links via the local and S-Bahn train systems interconnect many neighbouring communities.

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