Ruhr Museum

History

The history of the Ruhr area begins with the industrialisation two hundred years ago. It changed a former agricultural landscape into the largest area of steel and coal production in Europe and consequently into a modern economic and service hub, the Ruhr Metropolis.

Rise, fall and change in typical industrial societies can be described exemplary by this massive process of change. The stories of this process follow the structure of a classical play. Framed by the prologue and the epilogue, the middle room axis displays the industrialisation in five acts. Here the connection of natural and cultural factors is an important characteristic for the Ruhr area.