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All lovers of art and culture are welcome in the Ruhr Metropolis, where they can enjoy international theatre and music festivals as well as a unique and densely packed range of museums, with attractive exhibitions covering everything from hand axes to postmodernism.

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  • RuhrArtMuseum

    The Ruhr Metropolis has an extraordinary dense musum landscape with interesting collections of modern and contemporary art.

  • Ruhr Museum

    The Ruhr Museum opened in the year of the Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 in the former coal washery in the Zollverein colliery in Essen.

  • Villa Hügel

    Together with the nearby Lake Baldeney, Villa Hügel and the surrounding park are major local recreation destinations in Essen.

  • Philharmonie Essen

    The Essen Philharmonia, with its historical hall building, is one of the most beautiful and acoustically one of the best concert halls in Germany.

  • Musiktheater im Revier

    Ballet, opera, concerts and musicals: the repertoire of the Revier Music Theatre in Gelsenkirchen broad, and its programme has something for everyone.

  • Schauspielhaus Bochum

    Bochum theatre is one of the most well-known theatres in Germany and therefore a definite cultural highlight.

  • Ruhrfestspielhaus

    All year long guest performances are taking place on the stage of the well-known Ruhrfestspielhaus: plays, opera, operetta, musical and dance.

  • Stage Metronom Theater

    Already at the entrance of the large foyer guests of the Metronom Theatre enter a magical world.

  • LUDWIGGALERIE Schloss Oberhausen

    The LUDWIGGALERIE in Oberhausen palace thrills visitors with a wide variety of temporary exhibitions.

Art & culture


An excellent density of museums, and one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art world-wide: the Ruhr Area has it all! Twenty art museums in fifteen cities of the Ruhr Metropolis merged under one name on the occasion of the Capital of Culture RUHR.2010: RuhrKunstMuseen (Ruhr Art Museums).


The Ruhr Metropolis offers an outstanding theatre landscape. And since May 2015, it also has a new and unique cultural network: the RuhrBühnen.

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