The Zeche Zollern, or Zeche Colliery, in Dortmund is considered the icon of industrial culture. It was one of the first monuments of the industrial age. With its playful architecture and the fact that it was powered entirely electrically, the mine stood for advanced resource extraction and utilization. This was in stark contrast to the strenuous and dangerous working conditions underground. Today, the museum asks about the lives and work of the people who have long been at the center of the fossil fuel system.