The Nightingale Mine
Explore history in the cradle of Ruhrgebiet mining
The Nightingale Mine is located at the entrance to the idyllic Mutten Valley in Witten. This is where mining in the Ruhr began more than 300 years ago. Initially horizontal galleries were driven into the hillside to get to the "black gold", and subsequently vertical shafts were also built. In the low galleries in our visitor's mine you can relive the special working atmosphere in the past. After the mine ceased operations a quarry and brickworks business moved on to the site. Our exhibitions allow you to immerse yourself in the world of raw materials and the pioneering days of mining.
Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays 10-18
Final admission 17.30
Closed: Mondays (except public holidays) and from 23. Dec. 2020 -1. Jan. 2021
Adults: 4.00 Euro
Adults in groups of 16 persons or more: 3.50 euros
Reduced*: 2.00 Euro
Children, young people, pupils: free
* Those entitled to a reduction are recipients of current benefits under the Social Security Codes II and XII, students under 30, trainees, people doing voluntary service, people with a degree of disability of 50%.
LWL Museums' Card, LVR Museums' Card, Deutscher Museumsbund, ICOM, RuhrtopCard (once only)
Travel into the history of the Earth
Coal, sandstone and clay - three raw materials from one hillside were used at the Nightingale mine. This makes the museum an ideal starting point for journeys of discovery into the history of the Earth. We suggest you visit the Ruhr Area GeoPark information centre before exploring the Muttental valley with its numerous geological outcrops and mining history trail.