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Außenansicht der Zeche Hannover

The Hannover Colliery

Innovation and history in a “mining castle”

With its massive Malakov tower, the Hannover colliery in Bochum is reminiscent of a medieval castle, although It was only built in the mid-19th century. The hoisting technology invented here was innovative and is still in use all over the world today. During demonstrations the large traction sheave on the steam engine rotates in the engine house. Built in 1893, it is the oldest example of its type still at its original location in the Ruhrgebiet . A highlight for the children is "Zeche Knirps", our mining playground.

Opening hours

6. May – 25. October 2020

Hannover Colliery

Wednesday - Saturday 14 - 18.00

Sundays and public holidays 11 - 18.00


The Kids' Colliery

Free play area on Saturday 2 - 6 pm, and on Sundays and public holidays 11 - 6 pm

Booked groups Tuesday – Friday: 9 – 6 pm

Free admission


Zeche Hannover

Günnigfelder Straße 251
44793 Bochum

Tel: 0234 282539-0

Fax: 0234 282539-19

Diversity and change

The Hannover Colliery is an impressive testimony to the development of the entire region. For centuries immigrants from many nations played an important role here. The closure of the mine in 1973 was an early sign of the structural change in the city of Bochum. Its development was characterised by diversity and change and they are the central themes in the museum. 

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A Forum for Industrial Heritage

Eight former work sites are united under the roof of the Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage. The unique industrial buildings are all architecturally fascinating. Events and exhibitions fill the houses with life, and link topics from the past with current issues. Thus the disused plants today form a versatile forum for industrial heritage.

The LWL-Industriemuseum preserves, researches and communicates the culture of the industrial age from the start to the present day.


LWL-Industriemuseum | Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage

Portal der Maschinenhalle