Cologne's Best Museums

From Historic Exhibtions to Modern Art in Cologne

Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities, is well known for its art scene. The city is home to more than 30 museums and 100 galleries with world-class collections, and in 1967, Cologne hosted the world’s first art trade show.

Here is an overview of some of the best museums in Cologne, from modern art, and historical collections, to a culinary museum that is a treat for visitors of all ages.

All museums are in walking distance from Cologne's Old Town and the Cologne Cathedral.

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    Museum Ludwig
    ••• Mu­se­um Lud­wig http://www.museum-ludwig.de/en/press.html

    Museum Ludwig focuses on art from the 20th century, showcasing paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic art, and photography. The exhibition includes German Expressionism, Bauhaus, and Russian avant-garde, as well as an extensive collection of Picasso paintings. Museum Ludwig also houses the largest Pop art collection outside the U.S., with masterpieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

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    One of Cologne’s oldest museums, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum houses 700 years of European art, from paintings of the medieval period, and Baroque, to German Romantics and French Realism. One of the many highlights is the museum's wonderful collection of impressionist art, the largest of its kind in Germany.

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    Romano-Germanic Museum

    If you are a history buff, don’t miss the Romano Germanic Museum, which explores the rich history of Cologne (the city was founded in 38 BC by Romans) and gives fascinating insights on how people lived 2000 years ago. Highlights of the Romano Germanic Museum include the Dionysus mosaic, created in honor of the Roman god of wine, the world wide largest collection of Roman glasses, and a sparkling collection of medieval jewelry.

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    Visitors of all ages can satisfy their sweet tooth in Cologne’s Chocolate Museum, which showcases the 3000-year long history of the cocoa bean around the world. Highlight of the fun and informative exhibition is a 10-feet high chocolate fountain - don't leave without sampling a chocolate dipped waffle.

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    Museum Schnütgen

    Museum Schnütgen is famous for its many treasures from the middle Ages; it presents an excellent collection of Christian art from the 5th to the 19th century in the unique setting of a Romanesque church, which was built in the 12th century.

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    Fragrance Museum

    Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus
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    On our list of Weirdest Museums in Germany, perhaps it is not surprising that a museum exploring the origins of perfume can be found in Köln. Local perfume, also known as Kölnisch Wasser, has been produced here since 1709. Test your nose for obscure scents and buy a collection of favorites.

    Note that the museum can only be visited with a guided tour and reservations are encouraged. The tour is available in a variety of languages including English and German.