The vibrant city of Cologne, which overlooks the Rhine River is layered with rich history and culture. The city is built upon a Roman village, and over the centuries has evolved into an urban sprawl with excellent architecture and art scene. With the many things that I experienced in Cologne, the city’s museum scene and art collection was a stand out for me.
Cologne has three prominent museums that range from the city’s proud Roman heritage to fine art. The museum’s art collections include the eras from Gothic, all the way to Modern, and even Russian avant-garde.
Each of Cologne’s three main museums were special and unique in their own ways, and they expressed the city’s appreciation for art and culture.
Visiting the big three in Cologne can be an inspiring experience, especially for those who are interested in archaeology and art. If this is your cup of tea, the three main museums in the city are:
- Romano-Germanic Museum
- Museum Ludwig
- Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Enjoy your museum day!
I am starting off with Museum Ludwig, as it was my favorite museum in Cologne. This museum contains an extraordinary collection of modern art, pop art, abstract, and surrealism; besides housing one of the largest collections of Picasso in Europe. I viewed hundreds of works from paintings to sculptures, that were unique to many of the museums I have been to in my travels.
Museum Ludwig was established in 1976 and incorporates artworks of many modern global masters including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, as well as an impressive collection of Russian avant-garde.
Outside of Russia, the museum is recognized as having the most comprehensive collection of early Russian avant-garde artworks.
For more information, please visit – Museum Ludwig
Another of Cologne’s impressionable museums is the Wallraf Richartz museum, which contains a significant collection of fine art from the medieval period, and until the early 20th century. Their collections can be categorized into four groups- Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Impressionist.
Each of the collections contain notable works from various masters including Rubens, Rembrandt, Berthe Morisot, Monet, Pissarro, plus many more.
For more information, please visit: Wallraf-Richartz Museum
The city of Cologne’s rich history dates back to the Roman Empire, on which modern day Cologne is built. Opened in 1974, the Romano-Germanic Museum is built on an archaeological site, with remains from a large Dionysus mosaic remaining in its original place in the basement of the museum.
This museum showcase a grand collection of Roman artifacts from the settlement of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, now current day Cologne. The Romano-Germanic Museum also maintains the task of preserving the city’s deep Roman cultural heritage, through an extensive collection of Roman Glass, and other archaeological artifacts. In fact, the museum houses the world’s largest collection of Roman locally-produced glass.
For more information, please visit – Romano-Germanic Museum
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