Kolumba – Art Museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne

Kolumba is the art museum of the archbishoproc of Cologne. It was founded as the diocesan museum in 1853. Since 2004 it has been called ‘Kolumba’ after the former church on whose foundations the building stands. The new building in Cologne city centre, which had been planned for a long time, was opened in 2007.

A threefold harmony of location, collection and architecture. The visitor experiences 2000 years of Western art in one building. In art from late Antiquity to the present day. In architecture in the conjunction of the wartime ruins of the late Gothic church of St. Kolumba, the chapel “Madonna in the Ruins” (1950), the unique archaeological excavations (1973-1976) and the new building after a design by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

Kolumba has been aptly termed »a museum of contemplation in which there is an ongoing dialogue between past and present« (Sarah McFadden, Art in America). Kolumba is curated by Stefan Kraus, Ulrike Surmann, Marc Steinmann und Barbara von Flüe. 


Referat für Museumsangelegenheiten
Richartzstraße 2-4
50667 Köln
Dr. Britta Olényi von Husen
Dr. Marcus Leifeld
Mail: provenienzforschung@stadt-koeln.de
Tel.: 0221/221-22520 sowie - 31443
Fax: 0221/221-24005


For further information regarding special exhibitions and events please visit the homepage of the museum.



Kolumbastraße 4
50667 Köln
T+49 221 933193-0
F+49 221 933193-33

Opening hours

Wed to Sun 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays


Adults: 5,00 €
Concession: 3,00 €
under 18 frei
Annual ticket: 20,00 €
no concession for groups

Public transport

Public transport
rail service, local trains (S-Ban): "Hauptbahnhof" (c. 10 min walk)
Bus, tram, underground: "Dom/Hauptbahnhof" (c. 10 min walk)
Car parks
Glockengasse / Brückenstraße