Cologne classics

City Guide Cologne: the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
Raumansicht "Lebensräume - Lebensformen: Plains - Zusammenleben der Generationen" (Courtesy Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum/Foto: Martin Claßen und Arno Jansen)


The ethnographical museum derives from the wide-ranging estate of traveling scholars Wilhelm Joest and Adele Rautenstrauch.

A rice storehouse from Indonesia greets visitors in the glass entrance hall - and represents the theme of architecture. The museum no longer orders the shows geographically but by theme, with the focus on authentic objects. With 60,000 exhibits and 100,000 historical photographs from Oceania, Africa, Asia and America, the largest ethnographical museum in the State of North Rhine Westphalia is truly blessed with potential. Its beginnings date back to the bestowal in 1906 of the ethnographical estate of traveler and scholar Wilhelm Joest and his sister Adele Rautenstrauch. In 2010, the museum relocated to its new building in the cultural quarter at Neumarkt and visitors can now enjoy the benefits of ultra-modern media.


Adress: Cäcilienstraße 29-33, Cologne, opening hours: Tues. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; please check the museum’s Website for opening hours on holidays.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und Fondation Corboud (1), Museum Ludwig (2), Kolumba Art Museum (3), Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (4), Kölnischer Kunstverein (5), Galeriehaus ads (6), Skulpturenpark (7), Schloss Morsbroich (8)