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Archäologische Zone / Jüdisches Museum

One of the most spectacular cultural projects in Cologne is presently taking shape - the Archaeological Zone and the Jewish Museum on and beneath the town-hall square. The City of Cologne and the regional government are creating a new exhibition area measuring roughly 7000 m2 within the framework of the "Regionale 2010" show. Visitors will have the opportunity of seeing monuments from the last two millennia at their original site. These include the impressive ruins of the Roman governor's palace and the fragile remains of one of the most important Jewish quarters in Europe.

Opening times

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed on Mondays
Mikwe (Mikveh – Jewish bath):
The Mikveh is open for individual visitors and groups during the opening times of the Praetorium. Keys are available from the ticket counter at the Praetorium against a security (e.g. ID card).
Ubiermonument:
The Ubiermonument is currently only open for guided tours and for pre-booked groups. Keys are available from the ticket counter at the Praetorium.
Advance booking for groups on 0221-221 22394

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 to 10 min walk)
underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof” (5-10 min walk); tram: "Heumarkt"; Bus: "Rathaus"; Car parks: Am Dom / An Farina / Groß St-Martin

Admission:

Tickets are valid for one day
Praetorium (Roman Governor's Palace), Adults: 3,50 €, Concession: 3,00 €
Mikwe (Jewish Ritual Bath): Adults: 1,00 €, concession: free
Combination ticket (Praetorium and Romano-Germanic Museum): Adults: 9,50 €, concession: 5,00 €
Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday
Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents

Information for visitors with impaired mobility:

The forecourt of the excavation site can be reached through a side entrance (closed weekends; step) via the “Fahrstuhl in die Römerzeit” (lift to the Roman Empire). The excavation site can only be reached via a ramp and accessibility for wheelchair users is restricted. Emergency exit only via main staircase

Artothek – Raum für junge Kunst

The "artothek" is housed in a patrician mansion from the late gothic period of the 15th century. It is located to the south of the cathedral, close to Cologne's great museums. This venue for modern art offers visitors the opportunity to rent contemporary works of art, provides information above all on the art scene in Cologne , and hosts exhibitions of international as well as Cologne artists. The aim of the "artothek" is to promote and disseminate contemporary art.

Opening times

Tue to Fri 1p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
closed on Sundays and Mondays

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 min walk)
bus, tram, underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof”; (5 min walk)
Car parks: Am Dom / Philharmonie / Groß St. Martin

Admission

free

 

Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek (art and museum library)

The art and museum library is worldwide the largest of its kind in the fields of modern art and photography. It has a dual function as the research library for the museums in Cologne in the field of general art history and as the city's public art library.

 

Opening times

Reading room at Museum Ludwig: Mon 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tue to Thu 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri 10 am to 6 pm., every 2nd week Sat from 11 am to 4 pm.

Reading room at Museum of Applied Art: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

public transport

rail service, local train (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 to 10 min walk)
Bus, tram, underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof” (5-10 min walk)
Car parks: Am Dom / Philharmonie / An Farina / Groß St-Martin

Admission

free

Kölnisches Stadtmuseum (Cologne City Museum)

The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum (Cologne City Museum) presents, collects and preserves exhibits and works of art on the history of the city of Cologne from the Middle Ages to the present day. It was founded in 1888 as "Historisches Museum der Stadt Köln" and since 1958 it has been housed in the "Zeughaus" - the city's former armoury. The collection provides visitors with the opportunity to gain an insight into the political history, economy, intellectual, religious and everyday life and typical characteristics of the city. Highlights of the collection include the large-scale town model, the magnificent silver of the city council, the splendid knights' coats of armour and a model of an internal combustion engine.

Opening times

Tue 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed to Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed on Mondays

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (10 Min walk); underground: "Appellhofplatz/Zeughaus";
Car Parks: Am Dom / DuMont-Carré / Börsenplatz

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day.
Permanent collection: Adults: 5,00 €, Concession: 3,00 €
Combination ticket (special exhibitions and permanent collection): Adults: 6,50 €, concessions: 3,50 €
Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday
Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents

Information for visitors with impaired mobility

Toilets for disabled persons, lift, ground floor and 1st floor suitable for wheelchair users. Two marked parking spaces for disabled visitors in front of the museum

Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Art)

The Museum of Applied Art displays its splendid exhibits in the building An der Rechtschule designed by Rudolf Schwarz. Precious works of goldsmiths' art, exquisite furniture and textiles as well as glass, ceramics and porcelain from the most important European manufactories are brought together here. The collection also includes graphic art and photography, fashion, architecture and industrial design. The collection of contemporary design - unique in North Rhine Westphalia - has developed into a star attraction in the last few years.

Opening times

Tue to Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Every 1st Thu of each month: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Every 1st Sun of each month: open from 10 a.m. (for the "art and breakfast" event)

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Ban): "Hauptbahnhof" (c. 10 min walk)
Bus, tram, underground: "Dom/Hauptbahnhof" (c. 10 min walk)
Car parks: Am Dom / DuMont-Carré

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day.
Permanent collections (incl. design department): Adults: 6,00 €, concession: 3,50 €
Combination ticket - MAKK³-Ticket (permanent and special exhibitions): Adults: € 7,50 €, concession: € 4,50 €
Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday
Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents
Information for visitors with impaired mobility
The entrance area is accessible via a ramp. Toilets for disabled visitors. Lift to basement with toilets, 1st and 2nd floor.

Refreshments

Holtmann's im Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Tue to Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat, Sun, public holidays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1st Thu of each month late opening
1st Sun of each month 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
T +49 221 277 988-60
F +49 221 277 988-58
www.holtmanns.com

Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst (Museum of East Asian Art)

Art from China, Japan and Korea - the first Museum of East Asian Art in Europe was founded in Cologne in 1909. The founders of the museum contributed outstanding works of Buddhist painting and wooden sculpture, Japanese standing screen painting, colour woodcuts and lacquer art as well as Chinese and Korean ceramics to the original permanent collection. A further focus of the Cologne museum are Chinese cultic bronzes, Chinese painting and calligraphy. The new museum building opened on the Aachener Weiher in 1977 is architecturally also of international rank.

Opening times

Tue to Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Every 1st Thu of each month: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed on Mondays

public transport

bus, tram: “Universitätsstrasse”; Car park: in front of the museum

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day. Adults: € 3,50, Concession: € 2,00
Some exhibitions may carry a separate charge.
Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday
Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents

Refreshments

M.S. Schmitz im Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst
Tue to Fr 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat, Sun, public holidays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
closed on Mondays
www.salonschmitz.de
Museum shop
Wide range of literature on East Asian art, philosophy and culture, craftwork, objects relating to special exhibitions. Tel: 0221-221-28617

Museum Ludwig

The most comprehensive Pop Art collection in Europe. The third largest Picasso collection in the world. One of the best collections of German Expressionism. One of the internationally most significant collections of photography. One highlight follows another in this museum! The basis for the founding of the museum in 1976 was a generous gift of 350 works of modern art from Peter and Irene Ludwig to the City of Cologne. Since then the museum, which bears the name of its founders, has continually expanded its holdings and today is one of the most important collections of art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries worldwide. On a tour of the museum you will discover important names from the last hundred years, encounter decisive artistic positions, come face-to-face with gorgeous as well as provocative works that have written history and will continue to do so.

Opening times

Tue to Sun (incl. public holidays): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 1st Thur of the month 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 to 10 min walk)
Bus, tram, underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof” (5-10 min walk)
Car parks: Am Dom / Philharmonie / An Farina / Groß St-Martin

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day and give access to permanent and special exhibitions.
Adults: 11,00 €, concession: 7,50 € (for children, students, trainees),families: 22,00 €
Groups (min. 20): 8,00 € per person
Groups of students and teachers: free admission to permanent exhibition, 4,00 € per student/teacher for special exhibitions.
On the first Thursday of each month from 5 pm, admission charge is reduced by 50% for the permanent exhibition and to 7,00 € for all special exhibitions. On these evenings the museum presents a varied programme of music, films, lectures, talks with artists and much more.
Free admission to the permanent collection for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday. Admission charges for special exhibitions apply.

Audio guides

a charge of € 3 applies for the permanent and special exhibitions. The guide can be downloaded free of charge from the homepage of the museum.

Refreshments

Ludwig im Museum
Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to midnight
T +49 221 168 75-139
www.ludwig-im-museum.de
Museum shop
Buchhandlung Walther König im Museum Ludwig: catalogues, art shop, postcards, art literature; tel +49-221-2059635, www.kunstbuchhandlung.de

 

Museum Schnütgen

The Museum Schnütgen has a valuable collection of medieval art on exhibit in one of Cologne's oldest churches. Many of the pieces are already worth a trip by themselves, such as the glorious Parler Bust and the expressive Crucifix from St. George. The spectrum of the exhibition ranges from wooden and stone sculptures, valuable works of the goldsmith's art and stained glass to rare ivories and textiles. A distinctive feature of the museum is its largest exhibition space, which is over 1,000 years old itself: The stillness and aura of the Romanesque Church of St. Cecilia and the special proximity to the works makes it possible to experience their spiritual vibrancy and beauty.

Opening times

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
closed on Mondays

public transport

bus, tram, underground: "Neumarkt" (5 min walk)
Car park: Cäcilienstraße
Coach pick-up and drop-off point in front of the museum; coach park along the Rhine river

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day.
Permanent collection: Adults: 6,00 €, Concession: 3,50 €
Some exhibitions may carry a separate charge.
Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday
Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents.

Audio guides

a charge of € 2 applies for the permanent exhibition.

Refreshments

Bistro KOLBS
Tue to Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1st Thu of each month 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
www.kolbs-im-kulturquartier.de

 

Museumsdienst Köln (museum service)

The "Museumsdienst" (museum service) is among the leading educational museum services in Germany and organises and carries out PR work and contacts for the museums of the City of Cologne. This service is an independent, equal partner of the museums and their direct interface to the public. The collections and exhibitions of the museums in Cologne are at the core of the work of this service. The "Museumsdienst" is in close touch with modern research and is thus able to provide up to date information, in-depth education and help visitors to enjoy a rich cultural heritage.

NS-Dokumentationszentrum (Museum of the history of National Socialism in Cologne)

The NS-Dokumentationszentrum was founded in 1987 and is located in the EL-DE building, site of the Gestapo (secret police) in Cologne from December 1935 to March 1945. The prison tract of the building with numerous examples of wall inscriptions by prisoners was made a memorial site in 1981. The permanent exhibition "Köln im Nationalsozialismus" deals with political and social life in Cologne during the Nazi period. The Dokumentationszentrum is devoted to the commemoration of victims, research into the history of Cologne during this period and imparting the knowledge to the general public.

Opening times

Tue to Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat and Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
closed on Mondays and during carnival

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (10 Min walk)
underground: "Appellhofplatz"
Car Parks: Am Dom / DuMont-Carré

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day.
Permanent collection: Adults: 4,50 €, Concession: 2,00 €
Some exhibitions may carry a separate charge.
Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday
Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents.

Information for visitors with impaired mobility

Access to the rooms of the venue is restricted for disabled visitors.

 

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt

The new Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, the only museum of its kind in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, will present its exhibits in a new, spacious venue and with an innovative exhibition concept: visitors are invited to explore the thematic tour, "der Mensch in seinen Welten" (man in his worlds). The exhibition space covers 3,600m2 on three floors where visitors can experience new and old, exotic and familiar worlds engaging all their senses. The entrance hall boasts a magnificent rice barn from the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia - which is the museum's largest landmark exhibit.

Opening times

Tue to Sun (incl. public holidays) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
closed on Mondays

public transport

bus, tram, underground: "Neumarkt" (5 min walk)
Car park: Cäcilienstraße
Coach pick-up and drop-off point in front of the museum; coach park along the Rhine river

Admission

Admission to the permanent collection Adults: 7 €
Concession: 4.50 €
Combination ticket (permanent and special exhibitions):
Adults: 10 €, concession: 7 €

Unfortunately we have to close the section on “Rituals” temporarily due to urgent building measures.

The admission for the permanent exhibition of the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum is reduced by 1 €.

Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday

Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents.

Refreshments

Bistro KOLBS
Tue to Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1st Thu of each month 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
www.kolbs-im-kulturquartier.de

 

Rheinisches Bildarchiv (picture archive of the Rhineland)

The picture archive of the Rhineland is a subdivision of the art and museum library of the City of Cologne and its task is the photographic documentation of the works of art in the city's museums and of other works of art and cultural documents. These photographs are accessible to the general public.

 

Opening times

Tue to Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
closed from Sat to Mon

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (10 Min walk)
underground: "Appellhofplatz/Zeughaus"
Car Parks: Am Dom / DuMont-Carré / Börsenplatz

Admission

free

 

Römisch-Germanisches Museum (Romano-Germanic Museum)

Built above the Roman town villa with the world-famous Dionysus mosaic the Römisch-Germanisches Museum houses examples of art, culture and everyday life in Roman and early medieval Cologne. A highlight is the worldwide largest collection of Roman glass with the tri-coloured cage cup (c. 330/340 AD) and the miniature portrait miniature of Emperor Augustus in turquoise glass. The art of barbarian peoples in the early Middle Ages is shown in various types of precious jewellery for women and men - a form of capital in the Migration Period. These objects at the Romano-Germanic Museum form part of one of the richest early European collections.

Opening times

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of the month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
closed on Mondays

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 min walk)
bus, tram, underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof”; (5 min walk)
Car parks: Am Dom / Philharmonie / Groß St. Martin

Admission

Permanent collection including special exhibitions: Adults € 8 Concessions € 4
Free admission to the permanent collection for Cologne residents aged 0-18; students (incl. 2 teachers per group); holders of the KölnPass; Cologne residents on their birthday
1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): free admission for Cologne residents to the permanent collection
Information for visitors with impaired mobility
The main entrance area is suitable for wheelchair users. Toilets for disabled persons. Small lift. The exhibition area is only partly suitable for wheelchair users. Tactile exhibition for blind visitors or those with severely impaired vision.

Museum shop

Köselsche Buchhandlung im Römisch-Germanischen Museum
Literature on classical antiquity, replicas of museum exhibits and Roman glass, museum publications
Tel: +49 (0) 221 92 55 309
Fax: +49 (0) 221 25 41 97
Email: Museumsshop.koesel@t-online.de
www.koesel-koeln.de

 

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

The Wallraf shows how modern and relevant European art from the 13th to the beginning of the 20th century was and still is. In the medieval collection visitors can admire the world-famous "Muttergottes in der Rosenlaube" (Madonna in the Rose Bower) by Stefan Lochner. On the second floor the great Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and the most important Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn are an impressive attraction. The third floor is devoted to Germany's most comprehensive collection of Impressionists.

Opening times

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m. tol 9 p.m. (except public holidays); Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

public transport

rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 to 10 min walk)
underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof” (5-10 min walk); tram: "Heumarkt"; Bus: "Rathaus"
Car parks: Am Dom / An Farina / Groß St-Martin

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day.
Permanent Collection: Adults: 8 €, Concession: 4,50 €
In addition, family and group tickets available.
Some exhibitions may carry a separate charge.
Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday
Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents.

Refreshments

Wallraf-Richartz
Café-Restaurant im Museum
Tea, daily changing 3-course lunch, special dishes. There are c. 80 seats available for private events in the café and the foyer of the museum.
Tel: +49 (0) 221 / 99 23 759
www.wallraf-richartz-cafe.de

Museum shop

CEDON MuseumsShops GmbH
Catalogues, literature and art shop
Tel: 0221-27798957
wallraf@cedon.de

 

 
 
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