I already introduced you to the Visiodrom in Wuppertal, for which a former gasometer has turned into an audiovisual exhibition space. The Gasometer in Oberhausen follows a similar concept. A former gas tank is put into an exhibition area. I have been there in late 2021, watching the Das zerbrechliche Paradies (“The Fragile Paradise”) about the beauty and fragility of nature. The exhibition is running until the end of 2022.
Gasometer Oberhausen – Location & Admission
The Gasometer is located right at the A42 motorway. You can easily reach it by car from the Oberhausen-Zentrum (10) exit. There is sufficient parking space around, including the free parking lots serving the major multi-purpose arena. A very popular alternative is to combine a Gasometer visit with a visit to Westfield Centro, Germany’s largest shopping mall. The walking distance is 10 to 15 minutes. The mall also offers several connections to public transport.
The gasometer is opening daily except on Mondays. However, it does also open on Mondays, which are public holidays or regional school holidays. Times are 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. The ticket price may differ by exhibition. for the exhibition I visited, adult admission was 11 Euro. They even gave a season ticket for the whole duration of the specific exhibition, which was 25 Euro. There are also combined tickets for a single visit to other regional attractions, including the Visiodrom I already mentioned in the introduction. The attraction also accepts the Ruhr.Topcard.
Inside Gasometer Oberhausen – Das Zerbrechliche Paradies Exhibition
As said, the exhibition Das Zerbrechliche Paradies is about the beauty and fragility of nature. It majorly comes with world-class nature photographs and explanatory documentation. However, there are also some interactive elements like a virtual reality area, where you can explore life in a rainforest-alike environment from the perspective of different species. The great photographs (which I cannot show in total due to copyright issues) are thereby extremely impressive, shocking and touching.
In the upper section of the Gasometer, you can watch a giant projection of the Earth. If you go up to the highest level by elevator, you can also see the ball from above. However, it is also very impressive just so sit on the stairs and watch the projections from below.
Gasometer Oberhausen – View From The Top
You may also visit the top of the industrial heritage. During my visit, the elevator was not working and I did not like the staircase, which is quite exposed to wind, naturally. Thus, I cannot present you pictures taken from the roof of Gasometer Oberhausen.
Gasometer Oberhausen – Services
Of course, you may buy books about the exhibition and other literature and souvenirs in the gasometer. There is also a small cafe inside the metal construction. Sanitary services are located right outside the place.
Gasometer Oberhausen – My View
Gasometer Oberhausen as such and the current exhibition is a very impressive visit. I feel they did a great job to convert the industrial heritage of the Ruhrgebiet region into an educative and entertaining place. Of course, you cannot heat the construction too well so that it is a bit of chilly on colder days. Nonetheless, I absolutely recommend the visit.