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Blick auf die Zeche Nachtigall mit Steingebäuden und Schornstein in grüner Umgebung.

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.

Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays 10 am - 6 pm
Final admission 5.30 pm

Closed: Mondays (except public holidays) 


LWL-Museum Zeche Nachtigall

Nachtigallstraße 35
58452 Witten

Tel: 02302 93664-10

Fax: 02302 93664-22

Admission charges

Adults: 6.00 Euro
Adults in groups of 16 persons or more: 5.00 euros
Reduced*: 3.00 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%.

Free admission
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.

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Nightingale Mine

LWL-Museums of Industrial Heritage

Eight former work sites are united under the roof of the Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage. The unique industrial buildings are all architecturally fascinating. Events and exhibitions fill the houses with life, and link topics from the past with current issues. Thus the disused plants today form a versatile forum for industrial heritage.

The LWL-Museum preserves, researches and communicates the culture of the industrial age from the start to the present day.


LWL-Museum of Industrial Heritage | Westphalian State Museum