Museum Folkwang

The most famous museum in the Ruhr region has wonderful works of impressionism, the "Blaue Reiter", "Brücke" and  "Bauhaus" artists with Feininger, Klee and Kandinsky in it's permanent exhibition.


Goethestr. 41, Essen


Ruhr Museum

You will reach the "Ruhr Museum" at "Zeche Zollverein" by a long escalator. In the former coal washing facility there is now a museum about the history of industrialization of the Ruhr region.


Fritz-Schupp-Allee 15, Essen


Gasometer Oberhausen

Spectacular large sculptures by Christo and other famous artists make the "Gasometer" an international lighthouse of contemporary art. In addition to the gigantic art hall, the gasometer in Oberhausen also offers a viewing platform. Current exhibitions can be found at the link below.


Arenastraße 11


Museum Ostwall

The "Museum am Ostwall" moved to the Dortmund U in 2010. The main focus of the museum is art from the 20th century to the present day. 



Deutsches Fußballmuseum

The "German Football Museum" was developed in cooperation with the DFB, the "Bundesliga" and other business partners. The museum opened in 2015, it shows historical footballs, trophies, films and documents. The Football Museums has a exhibition concept with multimedia and 3D technology.


Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, Dortmund


Deutsche Bergbaumuseum

The "German Mining Museum" was erected on the grounds of the Bochum slaughterhouse in 1930. There was never a mine at this place, but there is a 2.5 km long mining shaft, built for the museum. The exhibition shows the history of extraction of raw materials. In 2009 the museum was extended by a building called "black diamond".


Am Bergbaumuseum 28, Bochum


Aquarius Wassermuseum

In the historic watertower of Mühlheim, there is now a museum dealing with the topic of water purification. Here you can learn how water becomes drinking water and how a sewage treatment plant works.


Burgstr. 70, Mühlheim


Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg

The sculpture museum bears the name of Duisburg sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck, a prominent representative of classical modernism. The Lehmbruck Museum was designed by his son.


Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße 40


Museum Küppersmühle

The private museum shows modern art from 1950 to today. The former grain mill was rebuilt in 1999 by the architects of Herzog & de Meuron. The collection includes works of Baselitz, Beuys, Immendorf, Kiefer and Richter. "Museum Küppersmühle" is the best museum of Modern art in the Ruhr area.


Philosophenweg 55, Duisburg


Jüdisches Museum Westfalen

The Jewish Museum in Dorsten shows the history of the Jews in Westphalia. One gets an insight into the religion, the history of the Jews and the Jewish life in the region. Temporary exhibitions also deal with the  Jews in Germany and around the world.


Julius-Ambrunn-Str. 1, Dortsen


LVR-Römer Museum

The "LVR-Römer Museum" was erected as a protective structure above the foundations of the Roman baths and shows the most important finds of the former Roman city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana (Xanten). 


Archäologiepark Xanten


Map of museums in the Ruhr area


Ruhr Travel Guide