Guided group tours (also for groups of school children)

The expert guides of the Museum Service Cologne escort you and your friends or colleagues by the museums. Whether you want just a general overview or a collection of outstanding exhibitions. We are at your disposal. Our offers are applicable not only private groups, but also tour operators, event agencies and companies. We promise eventful hours in the museum and lace for you on request an individual package.

 

Guided tours

Guided tours can be booked for groups and are available in a variety of languages.

Museum Ludwig

A short who;s who of contemporary art

They have become firmly established themselves in the circle of contemporary artists who are much in demand – the names of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Rosemarie Trockel appear again and again in exhibitions and art supplements. They can all be seen at the Museum Ludwig which offers a good opportunity to study the works of these protagonists of the art scene in more detail.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: This guided tour is suitable from year 10 of all types of school.
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Ludwig

Expressionism - the liberation of colour

The early 20th century saw the arrival of Expressionism – the most important German contribution to modern art. Its followers no longer depicted only the outward appearance, but gave expression to their own feelings. Artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc and August Macke move away from the world of visible objects to liberate colour from its descriptive function.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for a maximum of two groups at a time.

Museum Ludwig

Highlights – overview of the museum

The Museum Ludwig presents a large variety of artistic movements from the 20th century to the present day. In autumn 2015, the museum rearranged the hanging of its works. A tour of the highlights gives an overview of the focal points of the museum’s collection which includes artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí and Sigmar Polke.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Ludwig

Picasso

No other artist has shaped 20th century art more profoundly than Pablo Picasso. His captivating work is characterised by innovation, versatility and the freedom of Modernism. The worldwide third biggest Picasso collection at the Museum Ludwig invites visitors to discover the creative richness of this once-in-a-century genius.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: This guided tour is suitable from year 10 of all types of school.
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Ludwig

Shrill, popular and subversive: Pop Art

Pop Art emerged in England in the mid-1950s and burgeoned to reach its full potential in the US in the 60s. Motifs from everyday life and the world of consumerism and the media dominated this new art movement. The works by lionized pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Edward Kienholz both celebrate and take a critical look at mass consumption and glitz. 

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower secondary education level, students, adults
Charge: Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

For 19th century enthusiasts

This tour traces the major movements in landscape painting by taking an in-depth look at masterpieces by Joseph Anton Koch and Caspar David Friedrich. The emergence into the modern age is represented by Courbet’s works and above all by the main representatives of Impressionism such as Monet, Caillebotte, Sisley and Pissarro as well as the Pointillist Signac. Let yourself be entranced by this feast of light and colour!

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

For Baroque enthusiasts

Are you fascinated by the great masters such as Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck? Or do you prefer Rembrandt and Frans Hals? Whether you opt for Holland or Flanders – the way of life in these parts of the world with their rich artistic traditions could not be more different – even today! Immerse yourself in this glamorous era of European painting and discover the different faces of a culture that had its origins in two opposing religious views.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

For enthusiasts of medieval painting

The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum has the worldwide largest collection of medieval painting from the Cologne school which is characterised by its outstanding quality and has a special place in German medieval art. This tour shows the highlights of this department focusing, of course, on Stefan Lochner.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

Only the best!

This tour takes visitors with limited time to the highlights of the museum – from the works of Lochner, Cranach and Dürer to Rubens, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and to Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Munch.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

Mood and light in painting

Light is what determines the mood in paintings – whether warm candle-light, dramatic chiaroscuro, dusky twilight or gleaming midday sun. Light takes centre stage and tells the entire history of painting.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Culinaria Romana - Roman table culture and culinary delights

Roman cuisine ranged from the simple to the luxurious. A large banqueting feast comprised as many as 10 courses or more. Learn amazing and amusing details on the topic of eating and drinking from the literature of Imperial Rome and be inspired by the original recipes from the cookery book of Apicius. A triclinium, where diners reclined on soft couches, and fine tableware ensured that dining was done in style. Fine quality wines were served in precious vessels made of rock crystal, glass or metal to enhance the pleasure of drinking.

Food was sourced regionally, but some foodstuffs came from further afield – southern Europe, Asia Minor and Arabia. The appropriate ambience for host and guests was a dining room with a magnificent mosaic floor like the one with the Dionysus mosaic from the urban villa. Its pictorial decoration reveals that alongside the delicacies served, music and dance performances were an important part of a banquet.  

Duration: 90 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Everyday life in Roman Cologne

Colourful mosaics and frescoes, precious drinking glasses, gold jewellery, vessels in ceramics and metal, sculpture and inscriptions – they all bear witness to the life and history of the Romans in Cologne. Work on the one hand, and public, religious and private duties on the other often left little time for leisurely activities in people’s daily lives. Those who could afford it spared no expense in preparation for festivities and spent money on elegant clothes, jewellery and cosmetics. Merchants and craftsmen provided luxurious interior decoration. You will be stunned by the elegant furniture and the fine tableware. Exotic foodstuffs and spices were not uncommon on the tables of well-to-do citizens. But this lavish life-style was by no means attainable for everybody. Visitors are also introduced to the more simple forms of everyday life.

The guided tour gives an insight into the private life of the Romans and provides an idea of day-to-day life in Roman Cologne. The tour includes the themes "Culinaria Romana" and "Familia Romana".  

Duration: 90 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 112,50 € plus admission for adults | 75 € plus admission for students | 60 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Familia Romana

The extended family in the Roman Empire consisted not only of parents, children and relatives. The father held a special, clearly defined place as head of the family and the wife had likewise clearly defined tasks. A good education for the children was paramount. Engagement and wedding celebrations were major festivities, but there were also divorces. When a member of the family died, it was the family‘s legal and moral duty to arrange a funeral. Numerous Roman funerary monuments and burial objects for the life in the hereafter have been excavated in Cologne. These provide us with much relevant information on the significance of the family in Roman society – even beyond death.

Expressive exhibits and groups of objects tell exciting and amazing stories and invite visitors to compare Roman traditions with historical traditions that have shaped our own family life.  

Duration: 90 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

The World of Roman deities

Help in every condition of life – this is what the Romans prayed to their gods for. They believed that the entire natural realm, the heavens and the netherworld were inhabited by divine beings. A particularly large number of votive stones in Roman Cologne were installed for Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Fortuna to thank these deities for their protection and for giving love and good fortune.

Local Germanic mother deities patronised the family and protected it from danger and illness. Deities imported from the East such as Mithras, the god of light, and the enchanting goddess Isis promised in their myths resurrection and a new life. Richly decorated votive stones, images of deities and sacrificial offerings reflect the world of ancient cults and mythologies in Roman Cologne.

An introduction to the theme „The first Christians in Cologne“ can be arranged on request. We recommend booking 2 hours for this extended tour.  

Duration: 90 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 112,50 € plus admission for adults | 75 € plus admission for students | 60 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Overview of the museum

The history of the city of Cologne began more than 2,000 years ago with the Romans. Military commanders, emperors, soldiers and citizens from all around the world, merchants and craftsmen – they all left visible traces during a period of more than 400 years. The Romano-Germanic Museum as one of the most important archaeological museums in Europe preserves this evidence from the past. The museum building rises above the foundations of a Roman urban villa of which the Dionysus mosaic has been preserved. Funerary monuments tell the story of the inhabitants of the city and document their origins from all over the (Roman) world. Votive stones throw light on rites and cults involving Roman, local and Oriental deities. The roughly 1,000 Roman glass vessels on display and the gold jewellery from Roman times and the Migration Period are of outstanding importance. Major Franconian finds form a historical link with early medieval Cologne.   

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Encounter with other cultures

They were typical representatives of their time – the explorer Wilhelm Joest and the diplomat Max von Oppenheim. Passionate collectors, they encountered unfamiliar, ‚alien‘ worlds, travelled to far-flung territories and newly conquered colonies and found their own individual approach to non-European cultures. Their lives and their collections, which have shaped the current face of the museum, provide access to the era of colonial expansion more than 100 years ago.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

People in their Worlds. Overview of Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World

"People in their Worlds" – this exciting theme-based presentation with its innovative exhibition concept takes up themes that are important to people the world over, but that they respond to in completely different ways, depending on the regional and cultural factors that shaped their lives. This comparative approach to different cultures emphasises their equal status and quality, provides thought-provoking impulses and encourages discussion. Including our own culture in this comparative approach contributes to the relativisation of our own thinking.     

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Living together

The living space as a stage. Four different dwellings grouped around a European salon demonstrate how people in other cultures live together. The reception room of a merchant from Kayseri evokes the hospitality of the Ottoman Empire. A Tuareg tent conveys intimations of the tough everyday life in the Sahara. The Tipi of the North American Plains Indians is a multi-generation dwelling, while the men’s house of the Asmat in New Guinea is taboo for women. A thing of the past? Find out and watch the topical video interviews at the museum.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Death and the Afterlife

A large bull that serves as a sarcophagus, a richly decorated boat for the final journey, an altar of the dead in screaming colours – there are innumerable ways of dealing with death. Ancestral figures from Africa, Oceania and Indonesia ensure that the deceased are permanently present and can still exert their influence. In return, the descendants look after their ancestors. In ancient Peru precious burial gifts ensured a comfortable afterlife. In Mexico, commemorating the dead is a joyful feast. The guided tour highlights the multi-faceted dialogue between this world and the hereafter.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Schnütgen

Overview of the Museum Schnütgen

Experience the rich variety of medieval art. Wood sculpture, gold work and ivory plaques await visitors in the Romanesque church of St. Cäcilien. Newly created areas present stone sculpture, stained glass and textile art. In this well-lit, light-toned exhibition, the objects from past centuries present themselves to the visitor in a matter-of-fact way and the Middle Ages become the present day.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Schnütgen

Celestial light – translucent walls

The exquisite collection of stained glass at the Museum Schnütgen invites visitors to explore light and its effects. The visual enjoyment that these luminous works from the 12th to the 16th century offer is immediate and direct and a rare opportunity to discover stained glass at such close range. You will realise that the allegedly „dark“ Middle Ages were really quite bright and colourful.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Schnütgen

Art for eternity

Stone sculptures await visitors the moment they enter the museum. The large exhibition room of the museum extension with its connecting gallery inspired by the covered walks of cloisters present the museum’s rich collection of stone sculpture. Visitors will discover 9th to16th century art from cloisters, portals, rood screens and altars which demonstrate the high quality that was characteristic of sculptural work in the Rhineland.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour cannot be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Schnütgen

Memento mori

The figure of a dancing Grim Reaper awaits you in the entrance area of the museum. Your tour of the collection leads you to objects related to the theme of transience. The choice collection of late Gothic and Baroque depictions of the „Memento Mori“ theme provides an insight into an eerily beautiful world which has almost ceased to exist, but which shaped people‘s environment and attitude towards life over many centuries.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour cannot be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Schnütgen

Relics and reliquaries

You may be familiar with Cologne’s most famous icon of devotion – the bust of St. Ursula. But there were many other examples of the veneration of relics in the Rhineland of the Middle Ages. Many gold works and wood sculptures owe their existence to this phenomenon as they served as precious receptacles for the relics and material remains of Christian saints. And it is this phenomenon which also spawned many curious stories. Join us on a startling journey to explore medieval thinking.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour cannot be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum Schnütgen

1000 years of textile art

More than 3,500 textile objects, embroideries and woven works, over 300 liturgical garments and antependia – the museum boasts one of the most extensive collections of medieval textile art worldwide. It presents a choice selection of these precious, delicate textiles in a rotating presentation.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour cannot be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln

MAKK kompakt – a museum worth getting to know

Just enough time for a quick peep? This guided tour gives you an insight into the history and architecture of the museum and its rich collection, and takes a closer look at the MAKK’s Top Ten from the Middle Ages to the present day. The tour is thus ideal for getting a comprehensive, yet condensed overview of the only museum of its kind in the state of NRW.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students |
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

This tour cannot be booked for several groups at a time.

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln

Beautiful interiors

Choice furniture, sophisiticated technology, precious materials – the MAKK makes all your dreams of beautiful interiors from the past come alive. The tour includes furnishings and movables that are representative and typical of particular eras – from scissors chairs to Tiffany lamps. When people’s aspirations for their own home become more sophisticated, this leads to the desire to equip it with practical and attractive furniture. What these aspirations look like and how they change can be clearly seen in the development of different types of furniture and their functions, their ornamentation reflecting the prevailing taste of an era, and the materials and techniques that were the fashionable at the time.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can not be booked for several groups at a time.

NS-Dokumentationszentrum

Basic guided tour

This guided tour is suitable from year 6 of all types of school.

The tour includes a visit to the memorial, the history of the EL-DE-Haus as well as central topics on NS ideology and political rule, such as "violence and fascination", "persecution and resistance" and "inclusion and exclusion". 

Duration: 60 mins

Max. group size: 25. Due to restricted space in the memorial the number of visitors per group is limited to 20. Larger groups will be split up and can normally join guided tours simultaneously.

Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 30 € for school classes per group; 50 € plus admission for students; 75 € plus admission for adults.
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

Tours can be booked hourly from 9.30 am.    

NS-Dokumentationszentrum

What happened at the EL-DE-Haus? Guided tour for families

This tour has been specially designed for families with children from 10 years of age.

A child-friendly introductory talk prepares visitors for the tour of the Gestapo-prison memorial. The talk includes information on the history of the EL-DE-Haus, the operational structure of the Gestapo (secret police) and the different groups of prisoners. The graffiti in the prison tract tell the story of their fate.  

NS-Dokumentationszentrum

Of Navajos and Edelweiss Pirates – a guided tour of the Ehrenfeld district

This tour targets school children from year 8 with some background knowledge of the NS period.

The tour introduces students to the youth groups persecuted by the Nazi regime which were known as „Navajos“ and later as „Edelweiss Pirates“ at their places of activity. The duration of the tour of the district is 75 minutes and is followed by a visit to the EL-DE-Haus where the focus is on the traces that these non-conformist youth groups left there.

Duration: 2 hours
Max. group size: 25
Charge:
60 € for school classes, 100 € plus admission for students, 150 plus admission for adults
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time. 

NB: meeting point: bus/tram stop „Könerstr.“ in front of St. Joseph’s church. Transport tickets are not included in the tour.

Archäologische Zone, Jüdisches Museum

The Praetorium – the palace of the Roman Proconsul of the province of Germania Inferior

The still visible foundations of the palace complex, which went through a series of changes between the 1st and late 4th century, convey an impressive picture of Roman representational architecture at an important scene of historical events. Scale models and reconstruction drawings illustrate the monumental character of the complex. Join us on a trip to the centre of Roman governance in the province of Germania Inferior and meet some of the Proconsuls and Emperors who are closely connected to Cologne’s history and the history of the Praetorium.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower and upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for a maximum of three groups at a time.

Entrance: middle of Kleine Budengasse