Museums in Cologne




Cologneis a city of art and culture and has a fascinating range of museums. The city boats 36 museums and over 100 art galleries. The centre of art and culture has a well-deserved international reputation. Here you can find a wide array of exhibits from Roman, medieval via non-European to contemporary art. A list of the most important museums in Cologne include the Ludwig Museum, the Wallraf Richartz Museum, the Romano-Germanic Museum and thematic museums, such as the Chocolate museum or the Fragrance museum 4711.

Municipal Museums




Ludwig Museum is a municipal museum overlooked by the Cologne Cathedral.  Built at the end of 60s, it had the largest Pop Art collection in Europe. The museum added a new collection of Russian Avant-garde from the early 1900 and Surrealism. Then, the museum extended with a collection of works by Picasso. This represents the third largest permanent collection of Picasso’s works in the world. The museums also exhibits works by Dali, Miró and Magritte. Like the majority of museums, the Ludwig Museum is closed on Monday.

The Wallraf Richartz Museum is Cologne’s oldest museum. It shows collections of medieval paintings, sculptures and graphics from the Middle Ages to Impressionism. TheRomano-GermanicMuseumbuilt in 1974 exhibits collections of art and culture from the Roman times.

Private and ecclesiastical museums




Some of the many churches inColognehave been turned into museums which offer an insight of the old Christian art and culture. The most famous ecclesiastical museums are the Cathedral Treasury and Kolumba.

In addition to municipal and ecclesiastical museum, the private museums enjoy an international reputation. The most famous private museums inCologneare The German Sports andOlympicsMuseumand theChocolateMuseum. The 4711 Fragrance Museum is located in the original building where the famous cologne was first manufactured. The place was redesigned in 2001 but the original architectural structure has been kept.

Long Cologne Museums Night



Each year, at the beginning of November, all the museums in Cologne open their doors to a nocturnal public, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. More than 40 collections can be admired in the museums and Cologne becomes a gigantic house of culture for one night. The Museums Night project also includes concerts, dance and theatre performances.  The ticket for the Long Cologne Museum Night is about 15 Euros and provides access to all the museums in the city. The shuttle bus that links the museum locations is free of charge.

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