Culture and sightseeing

    Public libraries: Willy-Brandt-Platz 2-6, Phone 0234/910-24 96
    Opening hours Mon-Fri except Wed (closed) 10-20 o'clock, Sat 10-13 o'clock.  The city library runs six local branches, among these one in Querenburg (Uni-Center 243, Tel. 0234/910-91 41). Opening hours Mon-Fri except Wed (closed) 11-18 o'clock.
    The Bochum Central Library has almost 500,000 books, daily papers, magazines, musical scores, tapes, CDs, CD-Roms and DVDs. In addition, three specialist libraries can be found under the same roof: A job-/career-library, a music as well as a children's library.


    Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (German Mining Museum): Am Bergbaumuseum 28, Tel. 0234/58 77-0, Open Tue-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat, Sun, holidays 10-5.
    This is the most famous mining museum in the world, with its own U35 subway station and tours under ground in the display mine. Giant halls are filled with mining machines as well as an abundance of collectors' pieces and models. From time to time there are special exhibitions on topics pertaining to mining. The shaft tower which was originally imported from Essen has become the symbol for the city of Bochum; from its observation decks one can enjoy a magnificent view of Bochum.

    BASTION from [no-budget-arts]: Metzstr. 23 (Bunker on Springerplatz)
    In 2000 a bunch of (ex-) students founded a club for the advancement of young and unestablished art. [no-budget-arts] organize exhibitions, concerts, readings and theater performances on one level of a renovated bunker for a small admission.

    Eisenbahnmuseum (railroad museum) Bochum-Dahlhausen: Dr.-C.-Otto- Str. 191, Tel. 0234/49 25 16, Open Wed, Fri. 10-5; Sun, holidays 10-3 (in the winter till 1)
    Numerous historical steam and diesel locomotives, wagons as well as signal boxes and signals provide a magnificent insight into the history of the railroad. Legendary: a wagon from the "Orient Express". In the summer the museum train drives through the Ruhrtal from Hattingen to Wengern.

    Planetarium: Castroper Straße 67, Tel. 0234/516 06-13.
    Up to 300 people follow the creation of the universe or behold the current nighttime sky simply by leaning back and looking up at the 20 meter diameter dome from the comfort of their chairs. Especially impressive: special events about the lunar eclipse or the spherical sounds of the stars.

    Tierpark (Zoo) in the Stadtpark: Klinikstr. 49, Tel. 0234/950 29-0, Open daily.
    Small but nice. The Bochum Tierpark offers a home to approximately 3300 animals from around 370 species – among other things in aquariums and terrariums with coral reefs and black tip reef sharks or in the south American rainforest-landscape where cotton top tamarins romp in the leafy canopy. How sweet: the petting zoo with sheep and goats who love to eat out of the visitors hands.

    Museum Bochum: Kortumstr. 147, Tel. 0234/516 00-30
    Open Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10-5, Wed 10-8.
    A collection of international art from the 20th century. Changing exhibits: According to theme or introducing new artists. Frequent exhibits in the large hall.

    Kunstsammlung of the Ruhr-Uni (Art collection of the Ruhr-Uni): Forum of the RUB, Tel. 0234/32-286 44, Open Tue-Fri 12-5; Sat, Sun, holidays 10-6; Free admission!
    The collection combines the most significant antiquity museum in the region with an outstanding exhibit of contemporary paintings and sculptures as well as a coin collection. Highlight: the 123 coins from the "Querenburg treasure" which were found during the construction of what is now the GC-building on the RUB campus. Free tours take place regularly.

    Medizinhistorische Sammlung in the Malakow-Turm (Historic medicine collection in the Malakow tower): Markstraße 258 a, Tel. 0234/700-33 94
    The knightly Malakow towers made of brick (named after an impregnable fortress in the Crimean War that was however stormed by the French in 1855) encased the wooden winding tower of the mines during the last century. In this century it houses many oddities, and disgusting artifacts from the history of medicine.

    Wasserburg Haus Kemnade: An der Kemnade 10, Hattingen, Tel. 02324/30268
    This moated castle was rebuilt between the 17th and 18th century on the site of a fire damaged castle from the 12th century. The castle contains the city's historic collection including the Kortum archive, a music instrument collection as well as an exhibit of East Asian art. Romantic: the knights' hall and the gothic chapel. The festival "Kemnade International" takes place in the castle courtyard in the summer. East of the Oberburg is the Bauernhausmuseum (farm house museum), which houses a collection displaying pastoral culture including furniture and peasants' tools.

    Stadtarchiv Bochum: Kronenstr. 47, Tel. 0234/9364710
    The "memory" of the city of Bochum contains comprehensive archives from over 800 years of Bochum history. The city's history is conveyed in occasional exhibits, lectures or events.

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