Cologne Municipal Museum




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Cologne Municipal Museum

In the city museum, the visitor will find exhibition pieces on Cologne's city history, intellectual, commercial, and everyday life of the City of Cologne and its inhabitants from the middle ages up to the present day – from small scale town models to knight armours and Otto engines.

Cologne Municipal Museum

GoogleMapsZeughausstr. 1-3
50667 Cologne

Phone: 0221/221-25789
Fax: 0221/221-24154
Opening hours: Tue. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wed.- Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Prices: € 4,20 / 2,60
Remarks: Special exhibitions: possible change in opening times and prices
1594-1606 Brick construction of the civic »Zeughaus« (arsenal) constructed
1840-1841 Prussian »Alte Wache« constructed
1888 »Historic Museum of the City of Cologne« founded
1958 Following the destruction caused by the Second World War, the institute, which had changed its name to the »Cologne City Museum«, moved into the Zeughaus

The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum was founded in 1888 as »Historisches Museum der Stadt Köln«. Since 1958 its permanent exhibition has been housed in the city's armoury - the »Zeughaus« - built around 1600. In the adjacent Alte Wache, a neo-classical Prussian building, special exhibitions on Cologne art and history are shown.
On the ground floor, the political history of Cologne from the middle ages to the present day is displayed, while on the upper floor, the cultural and economic history of Cologne is presented, and the various periods brought to life.
In exhibition space of 2,000 square metres, around 5,000 of the 200,000 exhibits are on display.

The museum provides an insight into the history, culture, economy and everyday life of Cologne and its inhabitants. Works of art and everyday objects illustrate the exciting history of this important Rhenish city form the Middle Ages to the present day. A tour of the museum familiarizes visitors with phenomena which are typical of the city: »Klüngel« (nepotism), Kölsch (the local beer), carneval, the Hänneschen Theater (puppet theatre), Eau de Cologne and the internal combustion engine which was invented in Cologne.
The next stage is dedicated to the political history of the city from the Middle Ages to the post-war period: Medieval Cologne as the biggest city north of the Alps, the occupation by French Revolutionary Army, the Prussians, Cologne as an important centre of the German Revolution.
Further focal points of the permanent collection are topics such as popular devotional objects and religion, the university which was founded by Cologne citizens in 1388, cultural life and sciences, the life of Cologne burghers, domestic life and the economy and transport, concentrating on the periods around 1600 and 1900.

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