Museum Ludwig

The most extensive Pop Art collection in Europe. The third biggest Picasso collection in the world. One of the best collections of German Expressionism. One of the internationally most important collections on photography. In this museum one superlative follows the other. A generous donation of 350 works of modern art by Peter and Irene Ludwig to the city of Cologne formed the basis for the foundation of the museum in 1976.

Since then the museum which bears the name of its founders, has constantly extended its collections and today has one of the most important collections of art from the 20th and 21st centuries worldwide. A tour of the museum will introduce you to important names from the last 100 years, will highlight major artistic positions, will present beautiful and also provocative works which have made history and will continue to do so.


public guided tours (in German only)

So. 04.10.
11:30 Uhr

Zwei große amerikanische Künstlerinnen in "Mapping the Collection"

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Arbeitskreis Wallraf-Richartz-Museum / Museum Ludwig | Mit: Margit Kugel | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Mapping the Collection“, 19.06.2020 - 11.10.2020

So. 04.10.
15:00 Uhr

Mapping the Collection

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Anmeldung bis: 01.10.2020 | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Mapping the Collection“, 19.06.2020 - 11.10.2020

Di. 06.10.
11:00 - 12:30 Uhr

Über Worte zu Bildern

Für: Menschen mit Behinderung | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Julia Greipl M. A. | Reihe: Akademieprogramm | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 4,50 | zzgl. Eintritt | Anmeldung bis: 01.10.2020


acitivities (in German only)

Mi. 30.09.
19:00 Uhr

Film | Museum Ludwig

»ifs-Begegnung« Edimotion mit Editor Claudio Cea Hass – La Haine

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Edimotion – Festival für Filmschnitt und Montagekunst in Kooperation mit der ifs internationa-le filmschule köln. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Kulturamts der Stadt Köln. | Treffpunkt: Kino im Museum Ludwig | Teilnahme: kostenlos

Do. 01.10.
17:00 Uhr

Langer Donnerstag | Museum Ludwig

Langer Donnerstag im Oktober

Für: Alle | Von: Museum Ludwig | Preis: € 7,00 | frei für alle Kölner*innen 26.09.2020 - 03.01.2021


current Exhibition

Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake. Questions, Research, Explanations

September 26, 2020 to January 3, 2021

After a long period in which the subject was taboo, an increasing number of museums are opening up to a transparent accounting of counterfeit works, exchanging insights, and, if necessary, deciding to write off works from their collections. With a studio exhibition on the Russian avantgarde, the Museum Ludwig is asking questions about the authenticity of works in its collection.

Mapping the Collection

June 19, 2020 to October 11, 2020

The exhibition takes a new look at two influential decades in American (art) history: the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition presents a selection of artworks from the Museum Ludwig’s collection by female, queer, and indigenous artists as well as artists of color who are not represented in the collection, as an impetus for a broader reception of American art.


Sisi in Private: The Empress’s Photo Albums

October 24, 2020 to January 24, 2021

Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, called Sisi, collected photographs in the 1860s, but kept her collection private throughout her life. Today the Museum Ludwig holds eighteen of her albums with approximately 2000 photographs in carte de visite format. They show members of the nobility - many of them from Sisi’s family-celebrities, and artworks. The most renowned are the “albums of beauties.” “I’m starting an album and am now collecting photographs - only of females.

Andy Warhol Now

December 12, 2020 to April 18, 2021

Andy Warhol is indisputably the best-known representative of Pop Art. His iconic subjects such as Marilyn, the Campell’s soup can, and Coca-Cola bottles are part of the collective memory. Thirty years after his last retrospective in Cologne, Andy Warhol: Now presents Andy Warhol as an artist whose innovative work can be rediscovered, especially for a young generation in the age of migration and social diversity.



50667 Köln
T +49 221 221 26165
F +49 221 221 24114

Opening hours

Tue to Sun (incl. public holidays): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on Mondays



Tickets are valid for one day and give access to permanent and special exhibitions.

Adults: 11 €, concession: 7,50 € (for children, students, trainees), families: 26 €
Groups (min. 20): 8 € per person
Groups of students and teachers: free admission to permanent exhibition, 4,00 € per student/teacher for special exhibitions.

Free admission to the permanent collection 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. Admission charges for special exhibitions apply.

On the first Thursday of each month from 5 pm, admission charge is reduced by 50% for the permanent exhibition and to 7,00 € (concessions 4 €) for all special exhibitions. On these evenings the museum presents a varied programme of music, films, lectures, talks with artists and much more.


a charge of € 3 applies for the permanent and special exhibitions. The guide can be downloaded free of charge from the homepage of the museum.


Buchhandlung Walther König im Museum Ludwig: catalogues, art shop, postcards, art literature; tel +49-221-2059635,


Ludwig im Museum

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to midnight

T +49 221 168 75-139 


Public transport

Public transport
rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 to 10 min walk)
Bus, tram, underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof” (5-10 min walk)
Car parks
Am Dom / Philharmonie / An Farina / Groß St-Martin