I was flabbergasted by this museum. The building, the collection, the lay-out, the sounds, - please take time to listen to the noise -, rooms in one word amazing. Visitors become part of the collection, the environment. Most stunning was the Armarium, this dark room with its glass displays on the first floor. Worth the trip to Köln.
The museum is a new building over the archaeological remains of a church, also called Kolumba. It combines seamlessly middle age pieces with modern works of art - books, sculptures, dia shows, paintings, collages ... . The building is also a master work. The exhibits is changed every year, in August.
Whilst in the area, we visited the Käthe Kollwitz Museum. It was a fairly interesting Musuem, this branch in Cologne of course. We looked at the permanent collection and the exhibition that was on show.
The visiting exhibition was the work of Karl Arnold, "Hoppla, wir leben", this was a series of cartoons created in the 1920s and 1930s showing the Nazi regime in some ridicule.
The museum is billed as one of the greatest collections of medieval art. It was certainly interesting, and I have to say it is well thought out. I am unsure if it is the greatest, but well worth a visit.
It was a collection started in 1870, and given to the City of Cologne in 1906.
The museum has two elements - a purpose built facility and the former St Cecilia Church.
DO NOT TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS THEY TELL YOU OFF - or rather some of the staff do!
This is an excellent Museum of Cultures - during our visit we enjoyed several interesting exhibitions:
Lawrence of Arabia - Genesis of a Myth
Cultures of the World
There is also a reasonable shop, cafe and the main foyer also hosts concerts and public performances. It is a great place to visit and the staff are very positive and friendly.
This was an interesting place to visit - they have an excellent shop as you may imagine.
However, they deliver the message about the history of chocolate in a sensible and interesting way. there is also a small production facility for Lindt Chocolate, and you can also have a free sample of the chocolate too during your visit.
It was a spur of the moment thing - however it was an unexpected find for those of us who like mustard. An unusual place to visit! However if you are across the street at the Sports and Chocolate Museums - call in and see the world of mustard.
In 1709, an Italian perfumier, Giovanni Maria Farina, moved to Cologne and then cerated something that has made the city world famous. Eau de Cologne.
The museum presents 300 years of culture.
The admission charge is 5€ and they are open Monday to Saturday (10.00 to 18.00) and Sunday (11.00 - 16.00).
You can even buy eau de cologne, made to the original recipe.
Koelniches Stadtmuseum was included in our two-hour double-decker tour of Cologne. We caught the 10 a.m. departure from next to the information office at Domplatz. The 20-minute stop at the nearby City Museum has made me want to go there again. Another VT writer recommends this museum, and I agree. I was interested in the "artifacts" of the 1930's and 1940's: 1933 ballots (larger paper than I imagined), various insigna, the card of a killed soldier and the letter his mother received, several make-shift food utensils of the post-bombing era.
If you notice the red and white colors on the other poster's photo, you should be able to easily spot this museum from downtown. It's not far.
The El-De Haus is home to a Gestapo prison and a museum that documents the rise of National Socialism in Cologne.
The basement of the building is a Gestapo prison that has been left virtually intact since the end of the war. The highlight of the prison are the countless inscriptions and graffiti on the cell walls left behind by prisoners. Much of the graffiti is incredibly moving, especially the letters and messages written to loved ones. On the top two floors above the prison, there is a mostly photographic exhibit on Nazism in Cologne which is informative and interesting.
It is very unassuming building, and while I had no trouble finding it, it could easily be missed by those who don't know exactly what they're looking for. Admission is very cheap; €3.60 for adults and I received a student discount for €1.50. Audio guides are €2, and offered in German, English, French, Spanish, Polish and Russian. Renting one is essential if you do not speak German, as the exhibit on the top floors is only in German (the text in the basement prison is provided in both German and English). You will be asked to leave behind a piece of ID in exchange for the audio guide equipment. The place is also devoid of crowds; few people seem to know about it.
Opening hours are 10am to 4pm on weekdays (it is closed on Monday and open late until 6pm on Thursday) and 11am to 4pm on weekends. I would recommend going well before closing, as I spent nearly four hours exploring the prison and museum.
I highly recommend a visit to this extraordinary site if you are in or around Cologne. It is a very sobering experience, but one that is incredibly powerful and moving.
1. Mustard Museum
2. Original Cologne Mustard
Across the street from the Chocolate Museum there is also a Mustard Museum featuring a historic mustard mill from the year 1810.
They offer guided tours several times daily, with a chance to try their mustard afterwards. They also sell mustard. And if by chance you have an empty mustard pot you can bring it with you and they will re-fill it for 4.90 Euros.
The Mustard Museum is one of the newest attractions in Cologne, since it was only opened in 2009.
1. The Chocolate Museum
2. Entrance to the Chocolate Museum
3. Deutzer Bridge from the café
4. Severins Bridge from the café
The Chocolate Museum is one of the easiest places to find in Cologne. From the station (or the Cathedral) just go down the river, turn right and walk upstream a few hundred meters and there you are.
This is a relatively new museum, founded in 1993 by Dr. Hans Imhoff, who was then Chairman of the Board of a local chocolate company. It is now an independent museum and claims to present the history and current developments of the chocolate industry impartially, without pushing the products of any one company. It is hugely popular and is one of the few museums in the world which is self-supporting and can cover its own running costs.
I've never been in the actual museum (because the lines were too long and time was short), but we did go and have coffee and cake in the museum café -- chocolate cake, of course, though they also serve other kinds.
On some future visit I do intend to go in and look at the museum exhibits, hoping for confirmation of my opinion that chocolate is good for you and reduces your cholesterol level. This is what I was told several years ago when I visited another (smaller) chocolate museum in Geispolsheim (Alsace), as described in one of the Off the Beaten Path tips on my Strasbourg page.
Situaded within walking distance of the Cathedral, and on the bank of the Rhine, is situated the Lindt Chocolate Museum.
There is a little "noddy" train that takes you to/from the Cathedral to the museum.
At Aug. 2009 the cost is Euro3 per person one way or Euro 5 for the return journey. On a very hot day our ride one way was most acceptable.
Opening hours are
Tues-Fri 10 a.m. - 6pm
Sat/Sun/public holidays 11 am - 7pm
Admission prices at Summer 2009
Adults Euro 7.50
Groups of 15 and more Euro 7.00
Reduced rate Euro 5.00
Groups of 15 or more (at reduced rates) Euro 4.00
Family pass Euro 21.00 (2 adults and any number of your own children up to the age of 16)
The red-brick "Zeughaus" with its red-white window-panes was an armoury in historic times and now features the quite interesting City Museum ("Kölner Stadtmuseum"). Just a short walk away from the Dome.
The Praetorium is hidden underneath the City Hall. It houses the remains of the of the residence of the city's Roman governor (1st - 4th century). The deepest point is the old Roman waste-water canal. The entrance is at the Kleine Budengasse.
Opening hours: daily except on Monday 10AM- 5PM.
Admission: Euro 2,50.
The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum (Cologne City Museum) is located in the city’s armoury, the Zeughaus, and dates from 1600. The building and is designed by Peter Cronenborch. The South wall rests on the remains of the old Roman City wall. The house was rebuild in the 1950s after being destroyed in World War 2.
The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum was founded in 1888 as a Historical Museum of Cologne. In the next-door Alte Wache, special exhibitions of Cologne art and history are shown.
Visitors are provided with free audio-guides in German, English and French.