Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum: Cultures of the world


The "Rautenstrauch Joest Museum - Cultures of the World"  invites to an ethnological journey around the world. More than 60,000 objects, 100,000 historic photographs from Oceania, Africa, Asia and America, and a considerable specialist library provide an insight into the cultures outside Europe - with cult objects from the American Indians and the Eskimos of Central and South America, Oceania, Hawaii, Africa, Indonesia, Cambodia.

The innovative presentation concept does not follow the division into major geographical regions usual in comparable museums. Instead it takes up themes which move people all over the world, but which they address in their own special way depending on regional and cultural influences.

This comparative cultural approach emphasises the equality and equal validity of all cultures, it provides impulses for thought and stimulates dialogue. The inclusion of our own culture in this comparative approach goes some way towards relativising our own standpoint.

3,600 m² of exhibition space invite visitors to embark on a journey of discovery which is both unexpected and enlightening. The presentation is centred on the authentic object with its specific aura and context. The design concept of the theme-based presentation uses the media of scenography. A special design was created for each section. Multimedia points encourage visitors to engage actively with the presentation, which is complemented by a wide variety of events.



Tuesday to Sunday 10 - 18 o'clock
Thursday 10 - 20 hrs
Every first Thursday of the month 10 - 22 o'clock
Monday closed
open on public holidays (also on Mondays!) as on Sundays

General Information

  • Parking Available

  • Bus stop available


  • Bad Weather Offer

  • Suitable for any weather

  • for Groups

  • for Class

  • for families

  • for individual guests

  • Suitable for the Elderly


By public transport:
Neumarkt stop (2 minutes walk).
KVB lines 1, 3, 4, 9, 16, 18
Bus lines 136, 146

Price info

Price adult: 7€
Price child: 7€
One-way ticket permanent exhibition: € 7, reduced: € 4.50
Group ticket permanent exhibition from 10 persons: 4,50 € per person

Combiticket Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum/ Museum Schnütgen: 10,00 €, reduced: 7,00 €.

Separate reductions apply for people with a severe disability (GdB) of 50% or more:

One-way ticket permanent exhibition: € 3.50
Combined ticket Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum/ Museum Schnütgen: € 5.00

The disabled person's ID card must be presented at the museum ticket offices in order to be granted reduced admission.


KölnTourismus GmbH

Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
50667 Köln

+49 221 34643 0



Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum: Cultures of the world

Cäcilienstraße 29-33
50667 Köln

+49 (0) 221 - 221- 313 56



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