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. 18.08.
11:30 Uhr

Familienbande - die Schenkung Schröder

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Arbeitskreis Wallraf-Richartz-Museum / Museum Ludwig | Mit: Kirsten Müller-Frank | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Familienbande. Die Schenkung Schröder“, 13.07.2019 - 29.09.2019

So. 18.08.
16:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Familienbande. Die Schenkung Schröder

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Familienbande. Die Schenkung Schröder“, 13.07.2019 - 29.09.2019

Mi. 21.08.
16:30 Uhr

Ende des amerikanischen Traums?

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Arbeitskreis Wallraf-Richartz-Museum / Museum Ludwig | Mit: Margit Kugel | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt


acitivities (in German only)

Ab So. 18.08.
13:00 - 15:00 Uhr

kunst:dialoge | Museum Ludwig

Kunst:Dialoge in der Ausstellung: Familienbande. Die Schenkung Schröder

Für: Alle | Von: Museum Ludwig | Reihe: kunst:dialoge | Treffpunkt: In der Sonderausstellung 13.07.2019 - 29.09.2019

Do. 22.08.
19:00 Uhr

Film | Museum Ludwig

FILMGESCHICHTEN: Mythen der Wildnis Fitzcarraldo

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Filmforum NRW | Treffpunkt: Kino im Museum Ludwig | Preis: € 6,50 | ermäßigt: € 5,50


current Exhibition

Family Ties: The Schröder Donation

July 13, 2019 to September 29, 2019

The exhibition Family Ties: The Schroeder Donation shows the idiosyncratic and sensual side of art from the 1990s and 2000s. During this time, a new art scene formed in Cologne: new galleries were opened by the likes of Christian Nagel, the magazine Texte zur Kunst was founded, and an artist collective ran the alternative exhibition space Friesenwall 120. The Rhineland - in an intensive exchange with New York - developed into one of the intellectual centers of the decade.

Benjamin Katz: Berlin Havelhöhe, 1960/1961

June 7, 2019 to September 22, 2019

Benjamin Katz became known in the 1980s as a fixture of the art scene in West Germany. On the occasion of the eightieth birthday of Benjamin Katz (born on June 14, 1939, in Antwerp, Belgium), the Museum Ludwig will present his series of photographs Berlin Havelhöhe (1960/1961), which has never before been shown in its entirety.


HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig: Transcorporealities

September 21, 2019 to January 19, 2020

The exhibition series HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig understands the museum as an open structure for experimental formats. It seeks to expand the spatial and conceptual boundaries of the institution beyond familiar comfort zones. Under the title Transcorporealities, the fifth exhibition in the series is dedicated to the complexity of corporeality.

Wade Guyton

November 16, 2019 to March 1, 2020

Born in 1972, the American artist Wade Guyton has created a conceptually consistent and refreshingly idiosyncratic oeuvre for more than two decades. He is best known for his large-scale canvas paintings made with a conventional inkjet printer, which feature iconic subjects such as flames, the letters X and U, and the New York Times website.



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