Carnival Museum Cologne

The Cologne Carnival Museum, with 1400 sqare meters the largest and most modern museum of its kind in the German speaking world, opened in June 2005 and presents - partly interactive - the history of carnival from its beginnings to the present day.

Carnival Museum Cologne
Address: GoogleMapsMaarweg 134-136
50825 Cologne
Phone: 0221/5740076
Fax: 0221/574002
Opening hours: Thu. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
groups Tue. & Wed. on request
Prices: € 4 / € 1; family ticket € 9
Remarks: guided tours hotline: 0221/5740074

On a journey through the ages, starting with Classical Antiquity, the exhibition highlights topics such as »the Fool«, »Lent and Shrovetide«, »Commedia dell’Arte«, »Carnival in Crisis« and »Carnival during Germany’s Economic Miracle«.

The exhibition offers a comprehensive insight into the different facets of carnival in the Rhineland, ranging from carnival »Sitzungen« (sessions) and the »Triumvirate« to Cologne’s »Schull- und Veedelszöch« parades. It also looks at stage entertainers, carnival music and alternative forms of carnival and thus reflects the different aspects of carnival culture in Cologne.

This unique collection goes back to the archives of the »Festkomitee des Kölner Karnevals von 1823 e.V.« which has been managed by carnival enthusiasts and continuously enlarged since the 1960s.

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