Opened in 2010 to complement the activities of the European cultural capital celebrations, the highly popular museum is located in the old coal washing complex of the Zeche Zollverein. Its comprehensive collections include the topics of geology, archaeology, history and photography.
Zollverein is an enormous old mining complex in the north of Essen and is the most prominent example of the structural change in the whole Ruhr region. An impressive mix of historical design and industrial museums and leisure facilities await national and international visitors.
The museum focuses on the life of Jews past and present in this region. It also introduces general aspects of the Jewish religion, such as the meaning of the Tora, which contains the five books of Moses and is kept in a synagogue, the house of devotions and the place of convention.