Cologne City Museum

Owing to the refurbishment of the permanent exhibition and the rearrangement of the special exhibition area, the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum is closed to visitors from 21 November to 15 December 2017.


current Exhibition

75 Years Ago - Cologne in ruins

December 3, 2020 to June 27, 2021

At the centre of this impressive exhibition is a large model of the city of Cologne which was created for the feature film “About Endlessness” (2019) by the Swedish director Roy Andersson. The film is a poignant portrayal of the city in ruins immediately after the end of World War II in 1945. The Old Town was completely destroyed and hardly a single building was inhabitable above the basement level. Only roughly 40,000 people still lived in Cologne.


Alaaf auf Abstand

July 1, 2021 to October 3, 2021

DE Seit Frühling 2020 hält die Corona-Pandemie unsere Gesellschaft im Griff. Auch der Karneval musste neue Formen finden. Zusammen mit mehreren Kölner Fotografen hat sich das Kölnische Stadtmuseum ganz nah an die Orte und Akteure des Pandemiekarnevals 2020/2021 begeben. Dabei entstanden eindrucksvolle Fotografien und Reportagen, die zum Nachdenke anregen. Die Ausstellung findet virtuell und im Stadtraum statt.



Zeughausstraße 1-3
50667 Köln
T 0221 - 221-22398 (außerhalb der Öffnungszeiten 0221 - 221 25789)
F 0221 - 221 24154

Opening hours

Tue 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wed to Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
closed on Mondays


Tickets are valid for one day.

Permanent collection
Adults: 5,00 €
Concession: 3,00 €

Combination ticket (special exhibitions and permanent collection)
Adults: 7,50 €, concessions: 5,00 €

Free admission for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday

Free admission to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents


Toilets for disabled persons, lift, ground floor and 1st floor suitable for wheelchair users. Two marked parking spaces for disabled visitors in front of the museum

Public transport

Public transport
rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (10 Min walk)
underground: "Appellhofplatz/Zeughaus"
Car Parks
Am Dom / DuMont-Carré / Börsenplatz