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Schaudepot of the Ruhr Museum

New central depot

Natural science, archaeological and historical collections

The Ruhr Museum's new central depot and Schaudepot is a museum storage facility in the spectacular industrial setting of the former salt factory on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein. The Ruhr Museum deposits and presents parts of its natural science, archaeological and historical collections. On guided tours, visitors can wander through over a hundred years of the history of the collection, get to know key objects and at the same time take a look behind the scenes and at the working methods of a large museum of natural and cultural history.

The Schaudepot is clearly different from classical museums, since it does not present an exhibition on specific topics but rather the collections, which are arranged according to specific criteria. It serves as a repository for future exhibitions and impressively illustrates the three main tasks of a museum: collecting, preserving and researching. Nature, culture, history The path through the Ruhr Museum’s Schaudepot runs from top to bottom. The panorama lift takes visitors up to the top level with spectacular views of the individual floors and their different collections. From there, the path leads over the three levels to the nature, culture and history back to the ground floor. The travel of time begins chronologically with the oldest items in the natural science collections and leads via archaeology and the pre-modern collections of the Middle Ages and early modern times to the area of industrial and contemporary history of the last 200 years.

The Schaudepot can only be visited on guided tours. Each tour lasts 90 minutes

The offers

Guided tours
  • Public guided tours Dates at
  • Guided tours for school classes Clarify bookings by arrangement with the Ruhr Museum Visitor Service.
Costs for Public guided tours

11 € p.p.; 9 € reduced, 5 € for children and young people under 18 years as well as pupils and students under 25 years

Costs for individual group tours

130 € incl. admission; 140 € Guided tours in foreign languages (English and Dutch) on request; 65 € for schoolchildren and student groups; 75 € for foreign language pupils and student groups.


Schaudepot Ruhr Museum, Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, Essen

Contact and information

phone +49 201 246 81-444