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Museums

One of the most famous museums of Cologne is the Museum Ludwig, which is one of the ten municipal ones. But there are also many ecclesiastical and private museums in this cathedral city. Once a year in autumn the "Long night of the museums" (November 3rd, 2012) takes place. The museums then open until late at night.

Must see

Museum Ludwig (city map)

Roy Lichtenstein's M-Maybe, Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes and George Segal's Restaurant Window, all icons of American Pop Art, had all just been completed when in 1969 they arrived as a loan at Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. The works come from Peter and Irene Ludwig, who had put together the largest Pop Art collection outside of the USA. The Museum Ludwig is devoted to modern art from the beginning of the 20th century. There usually are two or more temporary exhibitions.  www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig/

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum (city map)

700 hundred years of timeless art in one museum. Fondation Corboud is one of the greatest traditional picture galleries in Germany. There you can see altar pieces and crosses from the Middle Age as well as portraits from the 18th and 19th century. www.wallraf.museum

Römisch-Germanisches Museum (city map)

The Römisch-Germanisches Museum gives an impressive account of the history of the Romans along the Rhine. Highlight is the old Dionysos mosaic, which stretches over the lower floor. 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.  www.museenkoeln.de

Kolumba - Diocesan museum (city map)

The art museum of the archbishopric of Cologne is located in a church ruin and indicates one of the oldest collection of religious art. The art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, originally founded in 1853. Since 2004, the museum has borne the name of its new location amidst the ruins of the late Gothic parish church of St Kolumba, thus providing a spiritual home to the collection. A triad of place, collection, and architecture, it allows the visitor to experience two millennia of western culture in a single building. www.kolumba.de

Nice to see

Cologne Carnival museum (city map)

The city of Carnival in Germany does need a carnival museum, of course! In there the visitor can discover the history of Carnival from its beginnings to the present day. It also looks at stage entertainers, carnival music and alternative forms of carnival and thus reflects the different aspects of carnival culture in Cologne. It's the largest and most modern museum of its kind in the Germanspeaking world.  www.kk-museum.de

Cologne City museum (city map)

The visitor can embark on a tour of the history of the city of Cologne and its inhabitants from the late Middle Ages to the present day. The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum 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.  www.museenkoeln.de

Documentation center for the National Socialism (city map)

The "NS-Dokumentationszentrum" documents how the cruel epoch of the national socialism influenced the life in and around Cologne. The exhibition is set in a former prison of the Third Reich. The NS - Dokumentationszentrum (Museum of the history of National Socialism in Cologne) 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 permanent exhibition "Köln im Nationalsozialismus" deals with political and social life in Cologne during the Nazi period. www.museenkoeln.de

German Sport and Olympics museum (city map)

The museum provides an insight into the history of national, international and olympic sports. On around 2,000 square metres of exhibition and event area on two floors various aspects of all kinds of national, international and olympic sports are shown in a permanent exhibition and several changing exhibitions. Visitors can themselves be active at numerous points throughout the museum.  www.sportmuseum.info

Museum of Applied Art (city map)

The "Museum für Angewandte Kunst" preserves and expands one of the most important German collections of European applied art from the Middle Ages to the present day. The exhibition pieces include furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles. www.museenkoeln.de

Museum of Chocolate (city map)

The private "Schokoladenmuseum" located at the banks of the Rhine provides a sweet interlude and contains everything worth knowing and tasting about the history of chocolate. www.chocolatemuseum-cologne.com

Museum of East Asian Art (city map) - Closed until October!

The "Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst" in Cologne houses Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. 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. www.museenkoeln.de

Museum Schnütgen/Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum (city map)

With the Rautenstrauch-Jost Museum, the city also has the only anthropology museum in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Visitors experience art treasures from the early Middle Ages until the end of the Baroque period - The magnificence of the Middle Ages is revealed at the new Museum Schnütgen. Masterworks from eight centuries reflect the spirituality and religiosity of this multifaceted era as well as people's lives and daily routine in Cologne at a time when it was one of Europe's most powerful cities. www.museenkoeln.de

Treasure Chamber of Cologne Cathedral (city map)

The treasure chamber is located in a separate room of the Cathedral. In the Medieval sacristan crypt, the Cathedral treasury is home to a rich find of church treasures dating as far back as the 4th century. The treasury works of art are made of gold, silver, bronze and ivory, and include holy relics, liturgical items, textiles, insignias of Archbishops, sculptures from the Middle Ages and Franconian grave finds. www.koelner-dom.de (German site)

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