Romano-Germanic Museum

The Römisch-Germanisches Museum (Romano-Germanic Museum) presents the archaeological heritage of the city and the surrounding area from the Palaeolithic period to the early Middle Ages. Among the oldest finds are the one hundred thousand year-old stone tools from the Kartstein cave in the Eifel. Finds from the Neolithic settlement of Cologne-Lindenthal, in which the earliest arable farmers of the Rhineland lived, are internationally well-known. Decorated architectural elements, stone inscriptions, portraits, wall-paintings, mosaics and exquisite tableware reflect life and luxury in Roman Cologne.

The museum has the worldwide biggest collection of Roman glass vessels. Among the most precious objects are the rich goldsmith works from the Diergardt Collection, relics of Germanic and equestrian nomad peoples from all over Europe. Precious burial goods from graves of the 5th to 7th centuries provide evidence of the lives of Romani and Franks in early medieval Cologne.

Built in 1974 in the centre of Cologne and in the immediate vicinity of Cologne Cathedral, it has so far welcomed more than 20 million visitors. The museum stands on the foundations of an urban Roman villa with the world-famous Dionysius mosaic. Like the monumental tomb of the veteran legionary Poblicius it can be admired from the cathedral square through a panorama window before the visitor enters the museum.

The museum is the office in charge of monument conservation and archaelological preservation in line with the regulations on the preservation of the cultural heritage of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. Every year, several dozen excavations to preserve archaeological remains and prospections are carried out throughout the area of the city. The excavations are devoted to all the phases of the city’s cultural history: Palaeolithic relics, finds from the Neolithic, Iron and Bronze Age cultures, Roman and medieval finds and relics from the more recent past.

In addition, the Romano-Germanic Museum stewards more than one hundred archaeological monuments within the municipal area, among them the excavated remains of the Roman city wall, the excavations beneath St. Severin, the Roman gully in Berrenrather Straße and the Roman burial chamber in the Cologne district of Weiden.


public guided tours (in German only)

Sa. 15.12.
15:30 Uhr

BodenSchätze - Führung durch die Sonderausstellung

Für: Alle | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „BodenSchätze“, 20.07.2018 - 30.12.2018

So. 16.12.
11:30 Uhr

Das Beste aus dem römischen Köln - Führung durch die Dauerausstellung

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Christina Kempcke-Richter M. A. | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt

Sa. 29.12.
15:30 Uhr

BodenSchätze - Führung durch die Sonderausstellung

Für: Alle | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „BodenSchätze“, 20.07.2018 - 30.12.2018


acitivities (in German only)

Fr. 15.03.
15:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Exkursion | Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Von den Römern zur Romanik - St. Severin

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Dr. Kathrin Jaschke, Dr. Ulrich Bock | Reihe: Akademieprogramm | Treffpunkt: Hauptportal St. Severin | Preis: € 6,00 | Entrichtung gegen Rechnung | Anmeldung bis: 10.03.2019

Do. 18.04.
11:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Kurs | Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Spielen wie die Römer

Für: Kinder ab 8 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Ilka Richter | Reihe: Ferienprogramm | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 10,50 | Material: € 2,00 | Anmeldung bis: 16.04.2019


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


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


Guided tour: 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 
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.


current Exhibition

Geformt mit göttlichem Atem. Antike Glaskunst aus einer Kölner Privatsammlung

October 5, 2018 to December 30, 2018

DE Kölner Privatsammler überließen dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum 450 griechische, römische und spätantike Glasgefäße als langfristige Leihgabe. 160 ausgewählte Gläser sind in einer Kabinettausstellung im „Kleinen Museum im Turm“ zu sehen. Mit ihrer ganz unterschiedlichen Herstellungstechnik, Provenienz, Dekor und Verwendung lassen sie 800 Jahre antike Glaskunst lebendig werden.

Hidden treasures - Archaeology in Cologne

July 20, 2018 to December 30, 2018

This exhibition shows old and new finds from 100,000 years of human history and 2,000 years of the history of Cologne. The city’s rich history is reflected in stunning finds – the oldest settlement in the Cologne district of Lindenthal, the life of Celtic and Germanic tribes on either bank of the Rhine, the splendour of Roman Colonia, the imperial naval base at the Alteburg, the late Roman fort of Divitia and the medieval commercial hub in the area of Cologne’s old town.



Roncalliplatz 4
50667 Köln
T +49 221 221 24438
F +49 221 221 24590

Opening hours

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 




Permanent collection including special exhibitions:
Adults € 9 Concessions € 5

Free admission to the per3,50anent 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


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.


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

Public transport

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