Famous Museums in Cologne

The museums in Cologne give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Cologne with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Cologne. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Cologne.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Cologne.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Cologne:

  1. Chocolate Museum

    4.3 (2660 Votes)
    Chocolate Museum

    Specialty Museum

    Chocolate is a hit across all ages. The child in us springs forth whenever the opportunity to eat chocolate presents itself. A chocolate speaks a thousand words, but, do you know the origins of chocolate? Or even how it’s produced for that matter? To quell both your curiosity and your taste buds, head over to the Chocolate Museum or the Schokoladen Museum. Undoubtedly one of the most popu...Read more
  2. Museum Ludwig

    4.5 (1820 Votes)
    Museum Ludwig

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Photo Gallery

    Of postmodern art, the exhibits on display here are all works of art from the beginning of the 20th century. Named after the art patron, Peter Ludwig, it was his large donation of well known and reproduced works of Picasso that commemorated the foundation of this museum. After the museums in Paris and Barcelona, the Museum Ludwig has the third largest collection of the works of Picasso. Another...Read more
  3. Roman-Germanic Museum

    4.2 (1295 Votes)
    Roman-Germanic Museum

    Specialty Museum

    Prepare to relive the times of the Romans never before. The Romisch-Germanisches Museum is one of the prime archaeological museums of the country. Located right next to Dom, the Romisch-Germanisches Museum is responsible for preserving the Roman heritage in Cologne; their collection of Roman glass from funerals and burials is a result of this. Everyday items like furniture, toys and jewelry to ...Read more
  4. National Socialism Documentation Center

    Library, Museum, Memorial

    Don’t be fooled by the exterior of this edifice; the NS Dokumentationszentrum is Germany’s largest regional memorial site. Among the permanent exhibits, the most harrowing ones are the prisons and interrogation rooms, preserved in their original forms, to give you a feel of how the victims of Nazi Germany were interrogated, tortured and killed. There are inscriptions on the walls th...Read more
  5. Praetorium

    4.4 (466 Votes)

    Museum, Landmark, Monument, Architecture

    During the times of the Romans, Cologne was the capital of Lower Germania. The Praetorium essentially means the residence of the Roman Governor and is a historically important monument and landmark of the city. The palace that was once the cradle of all activities, administrative and political, has now been transformed into a museum. Alongside the Jewish Museum, the Praetorium displays relics o...Read more
  6. Kolumba

    4.6 (219 Votes)

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Religious Site, Ancient Ruin

    The Kolumba museum was primarily a Gothic cathedral, the ruins of which are now incorporated within the museum. The best noticeable feature of the Kolumba museum is the unforced blend of art, architecture and of course heritage that comes together so well to make the Kolumba one of the most visited museums of the city. One of the oldest museums of the city, the Kolumba focuses on religious disp...Read more
  7. Rautenstrauch-joest-museum

    4.5 (283 Votes)

    Art And Culture, Museum

    The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum is the ultimate melting pot of all ethnologies. The museum’s staggering amounts of artifacts and photographs will provide you with an in-depth analysis of cultures of Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas. What sets the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum apart from any other of its kind is their approach to presenting the different cultures up for understanding and...Read more
  8. Museum Of Applied Art

    4.3 (190 Votes)
    Museum Of Applied Art

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Arts And Crafts

    The quintessential arts and crafts museum, the Museum of Applied Arts showcases some fine skill-set and expert craftsmanship through the middle Ages till the 20th century. Specializing in applied art, the museum is known for its modern design that traces the development of modern art through the ages.
  9. EL-DE-Haus

    4.4 (1 Vote)


    Your visit to EL-DE House will be worthwhile for you will have a chance to learn a lot about the Nazi movement and Gestapo in Cologne in 1930s. The museum is full of interesting information which is very gripping and fascinating. The Gestapo prison is very impressive, and you will get a deep insight into the workings of the penal system during those days. Make sure that you take a guided tour o...Read more
  10. Museum Schnutgen

    4.5 (222 Votes)
    Museum Schnutgen

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Church, Sculpture

    Yet another instance of a museum where the exterior is a reflection of the interior! The Museum Schnutgen has the best collection of religious art and sculptures. Located inside the St. Cecilia's Church, which in itself is a fine example of Rhenish-Romanic architecture. In fact, a part of the church is displayed as an exhibit of the museum too. Medieval religious art is well represented here wi...Read more
  11. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum

    4.5 (504 Votes)

    Art And Culture, Art Museum

    Known as Cologne’s oldest museum, that’s not the only reason for Wallraf-Richartz Museum’s shot to fame. Featuring art from 1300-1900, the museum not only represents a few legends of the arts but also the local ones. Be it the Dutch or the Flemish masters or the French impressionists (the largest collection in Germany), there are very few places that characterize art as well a...Read more
  12. Duftmuseum Im Farina-haus

    4.3 (14 Votes)
    Obenmarspforten 21, 50667 Köln, Germany