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Ruhr Museum in Ruhr

Industrial complex
© Ruhr Museum

The Ruhr Museum understands itself as a mirror to the history of the Ruhr metropolis and as a place to revive memories. It was opened to the public in 2010 to complement the activities of the European cultural capital celebrations.

The museum is located in the old coal washing complex on the impressive Zeche Zollverein areal. Comprehensive collections include the topics of geology, archaeology, history and photography.

In its first year alone, over half a million people visited the impressive building. It attracts both tourists as well as schoolchildren as an aid their studies.

By Vincent Green, Mar 22 2021

Stiftung Ruhr Museum

Fritz-Schupp-Allee 15
45141 Essen

+49 201 246 814 44

Cyclist on narrow modern bridge


Cycling in the Ruhr Metropolis can be enjoyable and most rewarding. Bike paths criss cross the whole of the region and weave their way across most urban areas. Hop on a bicycle to discover quieter city districts or nearby villages. Try riding along the banks of local rivers, in wilder natural spaces or the open meadows of outlying regions.

Visitors viewing art


Art venues and museums across the Ruhr Metropolis regularly present selections of their own fine pieces in well arranged exhibitions. Regular exhibits of fascinating or rare artworks on loan from across the globe attract large numbers of enthusiasts too. Photo © Jochen Schlutius.

Socialising in the Ruhr

Staying in touch and getting together with others living in a similar situation can be important. Expat groups in social media are highly valuable sources for connecting. Socialising in the Ruhr Metropolis can include events, international clubs or heading for a popular spot to meet international residents.