The best museums in Cologne in December 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Cologne, Germany, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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  1. Cologne Zoo1

    Cologne Zoo

    The Cologne zoo (Cologne Zoological Garden) is a zoo in Cologne that was founded in 1860. The zoo is home to more than 10,000 animals of over 850 different species. The Cologne Zoo with its attached aquarium and invertebrate exhibit is active in various endangered species programmes. The zoo's highl
  2. Schokoladenmuseum Köln2

    Schokoladenmuseum Köln

    The Schokoladenmuseum Köln (also known as the Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum and Imhoff chocolate museum is a museum in Cologne that is dedicated to chocolate. The museum illustrates the history of chocolate, from its beginnings with the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs to contemporary products and production meth
  3. Museum Ludwig3

    Museum Ludwig

    Museum Ludwig is a modern art museum in Cologne. The museum holds and exhibits a collection of modern art that includes works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealism. The Ludwig Museum essentially incorporates the Sammlung Haubrich, a collection by lawyer Josef Haubrich of art from 1914 to 1939. Today
  4. Roman-German Museum4

    Roman-German Museum

    The Romano-Germanic Museum (Roman-German Museum) is an archaeological museum in Cologne that holds and exhibits Roman artifacts from the Roman settlement of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, the Roman settlement on which the city of Cologne is built. The museum can be seen as an archaeological sit
  5. National Socialism Documentation Center5

    National Socialism Documentation Center

    The NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne (The National Socialism Documentation Center) is a memorial site that is housed in the EL-DE Haus, the headquarters of the Cologne Gestapo. The NS DOcumentation Centre is the largest regional memorial site in Germany for the victims the Nazi regime.
  6. Fragrance Museum Farina-House6

    Fragrance Museum Farina-House

    The Fragrance Museum Farina-House is a museum in Cologne that is dedicated to fragrances and more specifically that illustrates the production methods of perfume throughout the various stages with a focus on Eau de Cologne. The Fragrance Museum Cologne is housed in the eldest fragrance factory still
  7. Wallraf-Richartz Museum7

    Wallraf-Richartz Museum

    The Wallraf–Richartz Museum is an art gallery with a collection of fine art from the medieval period to the early 20th century. The museum includes a Gothic collection, a Renaissance collection, a Baroque collection and an Impressionist collection. Highlights of the permanent exhibition include artw
  8. Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum8


    The Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum is a museum of ethnography in Cologne that arose from a collection of over 3500 items belonging to ethnographer Wilhelm Joest. The museum answers questions such as: How do people live their lives at different times and in different parts of the world? And what connects
  9. German Sports and Olympic Museum9

    German Sports and Olympic Museum

    The German Sports and Olympic Museum is a museum in Cologne that focuses on the long history of athletics and Olympic Games. It has special exhibitions dedicated to various sporting events such as the 1936 and 1972 Olympic Games and German gymnastics. Starting with the working-class sports in the la
  10. Kolumba10


    Kolumba is an art museum in Cologne. The museum is one of the oldest museums in Cologne and is located on the site of the former St. Columba church. The museum holds and exhibits a collection paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to contempor
  11. Schnutgen Museum11

    Schnutgen Museum

    The Museum Schnütgen (Schnutgen Museum) is a museum of Christian art in Cologne. The museum holds and exhibits objects mostly from the Middle Ages between the 11th and 16th centuries in the Rhineland. Some pieces date from the Baroque and the 19th century and also from other European countries as we
  12. Museum of Applied Art12

    Museum of Applied Art

    The Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Art, MAKK) is a museum of applied arts in Cologne in Germany. The museum holds and exhibits a collection that contains more that 100,000 objects of European applied art from the 10th century to the present that includes jewellery, porcelain, furnitu
  13. Odysseum13


    The Odysseum in Cologne is a science center that is seen as an Experience house of knowledge. The Odysseum sees itself as a place of knowledge communication and uses the metaphor of the Odyssey as a journey. Human development is seen as an open-ended journey, science as progress and as a problem. At
  14. Lindenthaler Tierpark14

    Lindenthaler Tierpark

    The Lindenthaler Tierpark is an animal park/zoo in Cologne mainly for families with children who can observe animals up close or play in the park. The stock of animals varies in number. Around 26 fallow deer, 25 goats, highland cattle, many sheep, turkeys, peacocks, water fowl and various chickens h
  15. Käthe Kollwitz Museum15

    Käthe Kollwitz Museum

    The Käthe Kollwitz Museum is a museum in Cologne that is dedicated to Käthe Kollwitz, a German artist, who worked with painting, printmaking and sculpture. The Käthe-Kollwitz Museum in Cologne has the largest collection of works by the artist. The museum was established when the granddaughters of Kä
  16. Kölnisches Stadtmuseum16

    Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

    The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum (Cologne CIty Museum) is a museum in Cologne that is housed in The Zeughaus, the city's former arsenal. The building was built between 1594 and 1606 and has served as a museum since 1958. It is built on the remains of the Roman city wall. Exhibits of the permanent exhibiti
  17. Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst17

    Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst

    The Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst (Museum of East Asian Art) is a museum in Cologne that specializes in East Asian art that started off with the collection of Adolf Fischer (1856 - 1914) and his wife Frieda (1874 - 1945). The museum houses the most important collection of art from China, Korea and
  18. Kunsthaus Rhenania18

    Kunsthaus Rhenania

  19. Rheinisches Industriebahn-Museum19

    Rheinisches Industriebahn-Museum

    The Rheinische Industriebahn-Museum (RIM) is a museum in Cologne. The museum preserves and exhibits industrial rail vehicles and researches and documents their history. The Rheinisches Industriebahn-Museum owns about 70 traction units of different gauge (600 mm and standard gauge) and traction type,
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    GeoMuseum - University of Cologne

    The GeoMuseum - University of Cologne is the only natural history museum in Cologne. The museum holds and exhibits a collection that includes minerals, gemstones, meteorites and fossils.

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