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Ruhr Museum | Mineralien-Museum


Opening hours


Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm

24.12., 25.12. and 31.12. closed

Admission is free.

The municipal museum, which is particularly popular with families, has existed in Essen-Kupferdreh since 1984 as a branch of the Ruhr Museum Foundation in cooperation with Bürgerschaft Kupferdreh e.V. Tours, workshops and children's birthday parties are regularly held at the museum.

The permanent exhibition in the old, listed school building on Kupferdreher Straße, which was reopened in 2018, can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday with free admission. In the process, the core of the museum was realigned to allow for a unique combination of geology, biology and mineralogy in Germany and to be able to pursue current research areas such as biomineralisation and bioinorganic chemistry with international support. Based on the idea of the „Wunderkammer“, the museum presents meteorites, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils. With large pictures and objects as well as in 3-D, it presents the history of life in the thematic areas "Stuff of the Stars - Dust of the Galaxies", "Crystal Chamber", "What Remains of Life", "The Crystalline World in Us", "Minerals in Flora and Fauna", "Raw Materials - Engine of Civilisation" and "Sound of the Stones".


In a varied programme of events, museum educators accompany young and old visitors to give them an understanding of the world of stones and minerals as well as the history of the earth and its inhabitants. Young and old alike lend a hand and gather their own experiences with a wide variety of materials. In the experimentation room, visitors listen to the "sound of stones" and make volcanic rocks, slate slabs, pebbles and limestones sound themselves. In the preparation workshop, found objects are further processed with hammers and grinders. Children's birthday parties and excursions are also particularly popular, including classics such as the "Dino Party" and the "Fossil Hunt". Due to its location near the Geological Hiking Trail at Essen's Baldeneysee, the house is also an ideal starting point for excursions to the legacies of mining and to quarries and rock faces of the Carboniferous. On a neighbouring slag heap at Lake Baldeney, for example, you can find fossils from the coal age that are more than 300 million years old. Special courses for adults are offered by the VHS Essen as a cooperation partner.


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