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Cologne Museums

Museum Ludwig ©Rheinisches Bildarchiv

The Ludwig Museum was founded in 1976 with the gift of around 350 works of modern art.

Museum Ludwig
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum ©Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

The museum houses an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
Design-Abteilung ©Rheinisches Bildarchiv, Maria Luckey

The museum shows applied arts and crafts from the Middle Ages to the present.

Museum of Applied Arts
Romano-Germanic Museum ©Axel Thünker DPGh

The collection preserves lively examples of art and culture from Roman and medieval Cologne.

Romano-Germanic Museum
Museum of East Asian Art ©Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Marion Mennicken

The museum introduces the visitor to an exotic and fascinating world of East Asian Art.

Museum of East Asian Art
Museum Schnütgen, St. Cäcilien ©St. Arendt LVR

One of the most important collections of medieval art presents itself in the former St. Cäcilien church.

Museum Schnütgen
Cologne City Museum ©koelnerfoto

The museum gives an insight into Cologne's political, economic and cultural history.

Cologne City Museum
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Reisspeicher ©Martin Claßen, Arno Jansen

The ethnological museums invites to a journey through the world.

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
National Socialism Documentation Centre ©Jürgen Seidel

The museum and memorial is also designed to explore the history of National Socialism.

NS Documentation Centre
Archaeological Zone ©Christina Kohnen

One of the most spectacular cultural projects in Cologne is now taking shape.

Archaeological Zone & Jewish Museum
Cologne Cathedral Treasury ©Dombauarchiv Köln, Matz und Schenk

The cathedral treasure is presented in the historic underground vaults from the 13th century.

Cathedral Treasury
Kolumba ©Hélène Binet

Kolumba is the art museum of the archbishopric. It features two millennia of Western culture.

Kolumba
Chocolate Museum ©www.schokoladenmuseum.de

Yum, yum – make a mouth-watering trip through three millennia of the history of chocolate.

Chocolate Museum
German Sports & Olympics Museum ©www.sportmuseum.de

Learn and try the various aspects of all kinds of sports.

German Sports & Olympics Museum
4711-Haus bei Nacht ©Maeurer & Wirtz GmbH & Co. KG

Taste the famous scent in the historic 4711 building and see the visionary gallery showroom.

House of Fragrances 4711
Fragrance Museum Farina-House ©FARINA

In the museum the history of the famous Eau de Cologne becomes alive.

Fragrance Museum Farina-House
Cologne Carnival Museum©Kölner Karnevalsmuseum

Come to know Cologne’s “fifth season” and get an insight into the history and diversity of Carnival.

Cologne Carnival Museum
Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Untergeschoss, 2010

View the very first Käthe Kollwitz Museum to be founded by the Kreissparkasse Cologne.

Käthe Kollwitz Museum
SK Stiftung Kultur - Dance Museum ©Susanne Fern

This permanent exhibition features the cultural history of dance.

Dance Museum
Photographic Collection of the SK Cultural Foundation of the KölnBonn Savings Bank, ©SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn, photo by Susanne Fern

The alternating programme of exhibitions includes historical and contemporary artistic positions.

Photographic Collection
Money History Museum, Africa glass show-case, picture detail, ©Geldgeschichtliches Museum der Kreissparkasse Köln

Founded in 1954, the Money History Museum features the history of money as a whole.

Money History Museum
Exhibitions 2015

In 2015 you can visit many exciting exhibitions in the museums of Cologne.

Exhibition Programme

  

  

  

Being an internationally renowned cultural metropolis, Cologne boasts 36 museums and far more than 100 art galleries. Whether municipal, ecclesiastical, company-owned, or private museum - the wide array of displayed exhibits ranges from Roman, medieval via non-European to contemporary art.

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