Roman-Germanic Museum

Roman-Germanic Museum

Since the opening of the Roman-Germanic Museum in 1976, the 20 million visitors testify to the successful conveyance of the portrayal of the Roman period in Cologne, in particular of the cultural, economic, and religious history, as well as of the portrayal and presentation of classical art.

Roman-Germanic Museum
Address: GoogleMapsRoncalliplatz 4
50667 Cologne
Phone: 0221/221-24438 or -24590
Fax: 0221/221-24030
Opening hours: Tue. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Prices: € 6 / € 3,50
Remarks: Special exhibitions: possible change in opening times and prices
1946 Separation of the Roman and Germanic section of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
4 March 1974 Opening of the museum, which was constructed on the Cathedral bunker, and the Roman town villa excavated on this site in 1941

With its over three million archaeological finds (earliest historic finds, Roman art and cultural history of the city from its beginnings, jewelry, Frankonian findings), the museum is also particularly interesting due to its historically significant location. It used to be the site of a Roman town villa, which is also still testified to today by the well-known Dionysos Mosaic in the museum, on which the illustrious guests of the 1999 summit meeting dined.

The reconstructed tomb of the legionary Poblicius (around 40 A.D.) is one of the best known exhibits of the museum. The worldwide largest collection of Roman glass vessels and a unique collection of Roman and early medieval jewellery are the highlights of this museum.

Numerous finds illustrating everyday life in the Roman Empire lead visitors into the heart of Roman Cologne. Fragments of Roman architecture, inscriptions, portraits and ceramics provide visitors with an insight into the city's importance. The various religious cults which are of Italic, Oriental and local origin come alive in the depiction of deities in stone, bronze and clay. Prehistoric finds from Cologne, the Rhineland and selected European sites dating from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages are also exhibited.

The museum houses the department of archaeological excavations and monuments of Cologne city council and fulfils the functions as a centre of research, the archaeological archives and the public collection.
The Roman-Germanic Museum is one of the most popular museums in Germany.

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