Museums in Dortmund

Museums in Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany (D)

You´ve attended a sporting event or have been exhibiting in or have been visiting Dortmund for the first time and want to take in some culture? Then go no further: museums don´t have to be dry and uninteresting however, there is something for al the family on offer!

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Guide Name: Museums in Dortmund
Guide Location: Germany » Dortmund
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Attractions: 15
Author: Trevor Salisbury
Author Bio: I was born in Birmingham, England in 1964 and have been working as a translator here in Dortmund, Germany since 1987. My hobbies are travelling, getting to know other people, history and writing. I am married and have had some experience writing magazine articles and am currently working on military history books. 
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Museum of Art and Cultural History)
  • Mahn und Gedenkstätte Steinwache (Memorial)
  • Museum Ostwall
  • Hartware MedienKunstVerein
  • Kindermuseum Adlerturm (Childrens´ Museum in a watchtower)
  • Borusseum Soccer Museum
  • Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)
  • Brauerei Museum (Brewery Museum)
  • Altes Hafenamt (Old Port Authority)
  • mondo mio!
  • LWL Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern (Industrial Museum)
  • DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung (World of Work Exhibition)
  • Westfälisches Schulmuseum (Westphalian School Museum)
  • Heimatmuseum Lütgendortmund (Lütgendortmund Local History Museum)
  • Giraffen-Museum (Giraffe Museum)
Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Museum of Art and Cultural History)

1) Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Museum of Art and Cultural History)

This former savings bank is in fact five museums under one roof and displays everything from Roman coins to furniture showing how people used to live and an art gallery presenting works from the 18th and 19th centuries including Carl Spitzweg and, Casper David Friedrich and Max Liebermann.

Guided tours of the exhibition can also be booked, either of the museum as a whole or on specific themes such as on the history of Dortmund or aspects of rural life. These are also available in English for an additional fee on top of the tour fee or if you would prefer to go around the museum on your own however, then you can use the free German and English audio guide.
Image Courtesy of Transfer from de.Wikipedia.
Mahn und Gedenkstätte Steinwache (Memorial)

2) Mahn und Gedenkstätte Steinwache (Memorial)

This museum is located in a former Gestapo prison at the north exit from the central station and serves as a memorial to those victims that passed through its doors. Here you will find a permanent exhibition `Resistance and Persecution 1933-1945´ that has been organized by the city archives, together with temporary exhibitions that take place at regular intervals.
Image Courtesy of Helfmann.
Museum Ostwall

3) Museum Ostwall

If you´re taste in art is more that of the 20th and 21st centuries, then the Museum Ostwall (MO) is the place to go for you. Here you will find everything from the modern stream of art known as fluxus to expressionist art and contemporary photo and video exhibitions; much in fact, that combines art with life. Do not be surprised if you should here strange noises when you approach the building either, as the museum also specializes in sound art.
Image Courtesy of Erich Ferdinand.
Hartware MedienKunstVerein

4) Hartware MedienKunstVerein

You have not been able to get enough of this modern form of presenting art in a multimedial manner? Then remain in the same building and pay a visit to the Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), where you can look at contemporary art that is influenced new media and technology, an exhibition even having won an award in 2012.
Kindermuseum Adlerturm (Childrens´ Museum in a watchtower)

5) Kindermuseum Adlerturm (Childrens´ Museum in a watchtower)

The childrens´ museum is located in a watchtower that has five storeys and was rebuilt in the way it might have looked in mediaeval times and brings those times closer to children in a playful way.

Here, they can get creative, act as knights and princesses and learn what life was like in Dortmund at the time.

On one of the floors, there is an exhibition showing how such a tower would have been built and the kids can have a go with tools or try on helmets and armor. While they are doing so, the adults can look at a true to life model of the city that can also be found in the tower.
Borusseum Soccer Museum

6) Borusseum Soccer Museum

Borussia Dortmund is the local soccer club and is one of the top players in the German league. The Borusseum provides you with a great opportunity to learn something about German fan culture with a karaoke box where you can hear original fan chanting! You can also simply pay a visit to the exhibition or take part in a guided tour.
Image Courtesy of T. Bachner.
Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)

7) Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)

The natural history museum is located in a park and as the name suggests, you will find everything here that has to do with the flora and fauna of the area, in addition to fossils, minerals and rocks. A permanent exhibition includes terrariums with the paleontological exhibition providing information on human evolution where you can test you knowledge using a computer that has been installed here for just that purpose.

If the weather is good, you can take a walk in the geogarden outside, where you will find rocks from various geological periods.
Image Courtesy of Ralf Hüls.
Brauerei Museum (Brewery Museum)

8) Brauerei Museum (Brewery Museum)

Dortmund used to have seven breweries so that it is very appropriate that it should have a brewery museum. The museum has ben on this site since 2006 and provides an idea of what the brewing process was and is like from the Middle Ages right up to the present in the form of numerous exhibits, including a classic delivery truck. After all, the beer had to get to the customers!
Image Courtesy of Stahlkocher.
Altes Hafenamt (Old Port Authority)

9) Altes Hafenamt (Old Port Authority)

The old port authority building is now a register office and maritime museum that provides information on shipping and the modern development of the port of Dortmund using models. Another interesting exhibition is an exhibition by private people on the fated ship documenting its short history, including how it was planned , financed and built.
Image Courtesy of Mathias Bigge.
mondo mio!

10) mondo mio!

Mondo mio! is an active museum for kids aged 3-12. Located in one of Dortmund´s large park´s the Westfalenpark (entrance fee), the museum is free of charge and the kids can learn what it is like to live in other parts of the world. What ingredients do they need to cook, what do they eat anyway, etc. and afterwards they can have fun in the park while the parents relax.
LWL Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern (Industrial Museum)

11) LWL Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern (Industrial Museum)

This former colliery is now the site of an industrial museum that shows the visitor how coal was mined in the past. In addition to the permanent exhibition, there are also temporary exhibitions and a garden that is an exact duplicate of the small gardens the miners had in order to plant their own vegetables, etc. It does not have to be boring for the kids either: they even have their own route through the museum where they learn about mining in a playful way.
Image Courtesy of Lucie Hinzelin.
DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung (World of Work Exhibition)

12) DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung (World of Work Exhibition)

The DASA is an institute run by them Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and presents you with everything you might want to know from the world of work from what it´s like behind the wheel of a truck, or using a small excavator to how work was in the past and how we expect it to be in the future in 12 exhibition areas, not forgetting the temporary exhibitions.
Image Courtesy of Ckde.
Westfälisches Schulmuseum (Westphalian School Museum)

13) Westfälisches Schulmuseum (Westphalian School Museum)

This used to be a teacher training college but is now a social history museum and has one of Germany´s largest collection of school history exhibits. The main room displays a schoolroom as it would have look like at around the beginning of the 20th Century and on Sunday afternoons, it is even possible to take part in lessons as they use to be with a special programme for adults, allowing them to step back in time!
Image Courtesy of Thorsten Bachner.
Heimatmuseum Lütgendortmund (Lütgendortmund Local History Museum)

14) Heimatmuseum Lütgendortmund (Lütgendortmund Local History Museum)

This local social history museum has six rooms situated in a part of an old castle (Haus Dellwig) and shows you how the local people used to live, with exhibits from artisan trades such as bakers, carpenters, etc. in addition to there being exhibits from local companies such as office machines and furniture. It is certainly a good way of gaining an insight into how life used to be.
Giraffen-Museum (Giraffe Museum)

15) Giraffen-Museum (Giraffe Museum)

Are you a giraffe fan? Then you do not have to go to Africa. OK, they aren´t real, but there are loads of them in all forms: this private museum has everything that has to do with giraffes from stickers, to plush toys and bathroom mats. The entrance cannot be missed either with the giraffe right at the entrance. It is certain to be fun to both children and adults.
Image Courtesy of Raenmaen.