Mercedes 300 SL "Gullwing" Coupé, Paul Bracq, Karl Wilfert, 1954/55, MAKK, photo: © RBA Cologne, Marion Mennicken
design collection MAKK, photo: © RBA Cologne, Marion Mennicken
design collection MAKK, photo: © RBA Cologne, Marion Mennicken
Edward Burne-Jones, detail paravent with personification of the four elements, Powell's Whitefriars Glass Works, approx. 1870-80, MAKK, photo: © RBA Cologne, Marion Mennicken


The MAKK is the only museum of its kind in North-Rhine Westphalia.



Located in the heart of Cologne, with a view of the Cathedrals twin towers, since 1989, the museum has been exhibiting its comprehensive collections from 800 years of European arts and crafts, as well as a jewellery collection going back 5,000 years. Providing a tour through the centuries, visitors can experience the artistic wealth of different eras and styles.

In 2008, the museum was able to introduce another highlight: the design section, with its focus on 20th and 21st century North American and Western European design, was considerably extended by the Prof. R.G. Winkler Collection. The exhibition concept is unique in Europe: design is not shown in isolation but presented in a dialogue with works from the fine arts, juxtaposing, for example, Mondrian and Rietveld.

The MAKKs temporary exhibitions and its diverse event programmes always draw large audiences and mirror the diversity of visitorsinterests, from architecture and photography to all areas of arts and crafts and to contemporary design.


Tips and Dates

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Design section closure due to refurbishment scheduled until May 2018. At the end of February 2018, we will close the main floor that houses the Historical Collection (expected to last until Spring 2019). At no time will the museum be completely closed. We will continue to be there for you with special exhibitions.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 6pm

Special opening times during imm and PASSAGEN (15 until 21 Jan 2018) for the special exhibition "Stylepark Selected":

15 Jan 10am-6pm, 16-21 Jan 10am-10pm, 21 Jan 10am-6pm

1st Thursday of each month (except on bank holidays), 10am to 10pm

Closed on Mondays and during the Carnival season (Thursday 8, Sunday and Monday 11 and 12 February 2018) and on December 24, Christmas Day (December 25), New Year's Eve (December 31) and January 1

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