Exploring worlds ...

The exhibition with its objects, their presentation and the content communicated are the product of the museum's work which can be directly experienced by the public. In addition to this educative mission, the museum also has the task of collecting, conserving and researching objects. Selected aspects of the varied work of a museum which result from this are presented here.

Exhibition Concept

The visitor experiences a theme-based presentation with self-contained thematic complexes and individual themes.

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New Acquisitions

The collection is being constantly expanded; the most interesting acquisitions are presented here.


In-house research programmes and projects with third-party funding are part of the continuous work on the collection.

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The first volume in the series "Ethnologica" was published in 1909; since then further volumes have been published at irregular intervals.

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Background information on the structure and development of the anthropological collection.

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Historical Photo Archive

Historical photographs as an independent object genre seen in their anthropological context.


Between store rooms and book counter - the library as a source of information and referencing.

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Opening Hours & Adress

Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum
Cultures of the world
Cäcilienstraße 29-33
50667 Köln
+49 0221 / 221 - 313 56

Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
(public holidays 10am-6pm)
Closed on Mondays