Guided group tours (also for groups of school children)

The expert guides of the Museum Service Cologne escort you and your friends or colleagues by the museums. Whether you want just a general overview or a collection of outstanding exhibitions. We are at your disposal. Our offers are applicable not only private groups, but also tour operators, event agencies and companies. We promise eventful hours in the museum and lace for you on request an individual package.

 

Guided tours

Guided tours can be booked for groups and are available in a variety of languages.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Culinaria Romana - Roman table culture and culinary delights

Roman cuisine ranged from the simple to the luxurious. A large banqueting feast comprised as many as 10 courses or more. Learn amazing and amusing details on the topic of eating and drinking from the literature of Imperial Rome and be inspired by the original recipes from the cookery book of Apicius. A triclinium, where diners reclined on soft couches, and fine tableware ensured that dining was done in style. Fine quality wines were served in precious vessels made of rock crystal, glass or metal to enhance the pleasure of drinking.

Food was sourced regionally, but some foodstuffs came from further afield – southern Europe, Asia Minor and Arabia. The appropriate ambience for host and guests was a dining room with a magnificent mosaic floor like the one with the Dionysus mosaic from the urban villa. Its pictorial decoration reveals that alongside the delicacies served, music and dance performances were an important part of a banquet.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Everyday life in Roman Cologne

Colourful mosaics and frescoes, precious drinking glasses, gold jewellery, vessels in ceramics and metal, sculpture and inscriptions – they all bear witness to the life and history of the Romans in Cologne. Work on the one hand, and public, religious and private duties on the other often left little time for leisurely activities in people’s daily lives. Those who could afford it spared no expense in preparation for festivities and spent money on elegant clothes, jewellery and cosmetics. Merchants and craftsmen provided luxurious interior decoration. You will be stunned by the elegant furniture and the fine tableware. Exotic foodstuffs and spices were not uncommon on the tables of well-to-do citizens. But this lavish life-style was by no means attainable for everybody. Visitors are also introduced to the more simple forms of everyday life.

The guided tour gives an insight into the private life of the Romans and provides an idea of day-to-day life in Roman Cologne. The tour includes the themes "Culinaria Romana" and "Familia Romana".  

Duration: 90 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 112,50 € plus admission for adults | 75 € plus admission for students | 60 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

Overview of the museum

The history of the city of Cologne began more than 2,000 years ago with the Romans. Military commanders, emperors, soldiers and citizens from all around the world, merchants and craftsmen – they all left visible traces during a period of more than 400 years. The Romano-Germanic Museum as one of the most important archaeological museums in Europe preserves this evidence from the past. The museum building rises above the foundations of a Roman urban villa of which the Dionysus mosaic has been preserved. Funerary monuments tell the story of the inhabitants of the city and document their origins from all over the (Roman) world. Votive stones throw light on rites and cults involving Roman, local and Oriental deities. The roughly 1,000 Roman glass vessels on display and the gold jewellery from Roman times and the Migration Period are of outstanding importance. Major Franconian finds form a historical link with early medieval Cologne.   

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

Römisch-Germanisches Museum

The World of Roman deities

Help in every condition of life – this is what the Romans prayed to their gods for. They believed that the entire natural realm, the heavens and the netherworld were inhabited by divine beings. A particularly large number of votive stones in Roman Cologne were installed for Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Fortuna to thank these deities for their protection and for giving love and good fortune.

Local Germanic mother deities patronised the family and protected it from danger and illness. Deities imported from the East such as Mithras, the god of light, and the enchanting goddess Isis promised in their myths resurrection and a new life. Richly decorated votive stones, images of deities and sacrificial offerings reflect the world of ancient cults and mythologies in Roman Cologne.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each