Museum of East Asian Art

Cologne boasts the oldest museum of East Asian art in Europe and the only one in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Founded in 1909, the museum has a collection of precious works of art from China, Korea and Japan. Visitors can explore Buddhist painting and wood sculpture, Japanese screen painting, colour woodcuts and lacquer work, porcelain and ceramics form the Bronze Age to the 19th century.

Apart from the works of art, the building itself is certainly worth a visit. It was opened in 1977, designed by Kunio Maekawa (1905 – 1986), a pupil of Le Corbusier. Its severe, lucidly structured cubes draw on ancient Japanese traditions while at the same time developing a new, modern design vocabulary. The heart of the complex is the landscape garden in the tradition of Japanese meditation gardens which was designed by the Japanese sculptor Masayuki Nagare (born 1923).


public guided tours (in German only)

Do. 27.02.
15:00 Uhr

Basiswissen Ostasiatische Kunst

Für: Senioren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Caroline Stegmann-Rennert | Reihe: SeniorenTreff | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt

So. 01.03.
11:00 Uhr

Samurai, schöne Frauen & Co.

Für: Kinder ab 5 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Ulrike Michel | Reihe: Familienführung | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Teilnahme: kostenlos

So. 01.03.
12:00 Uhr

Wein und Tee in China

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Trunken an Nüchternheit. Wein und Tee in der chinesischen Kunst“, 13.11.2019 - 03.05.2020


acitivities (in German only)

Do. 05.03.
15:00 Uhr

Vorführung | Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Chinesische Tee-Zeremonie und Verkostung

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst | Treffpunkt: Kasse

Sa. 07.03.
11:30 - 16:30 Uhr

Kurs | Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Chinesische Landschaftsmalerei (shanshuihua)

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Lili Yuan | Technik: Tuschmalerei | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 35,00 | ermäßigt: € 22,50 | Material: € 10,00 | Anmeldung bis: 02.03.2020


Dieser Kurs ist ausgebucht. Wir können Sie jedoch auf eine Warteliste setzen.


current Exhibition

Drunk with Sobriety: Wine and Tea in Chinese Art

November 13, 2019 to May 3, 2020

In Chinese art, wine and tea as stimulants play a major role at social occasions, as artistic inspiration or as offerings to the spirits of ancestors and to deities. This cabinet exhibition provides insights into the importance and use of wine and tea in millennia of cultural life in China. This show presents sacrificial vessels for wine made of ceramics and bronze that were used in ancestor worship.


Hundert Ansichten des Mondes. Japanische Farbholzschnitte von Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892)

September 18, 2020 to January 31, 2021

DE Das Museum zeigt japanische Farbholzschnitte von Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892). Die gleichnamige Serie gilt als das Meisterwerk des letzten großen Holzschnittkünstlers in der Tradition des Ukiyo-e (populäre Farbholzschnitte der Edo-Zeit). In Hundert Ansichten des Mondes werden die Geschichte und Mythologie des alten China und Japan lebendig.



Universitätsstraße 100
50674 Köln
T  +49 221 221 28608
F  +49 221 221 28610

Opening hours

Tue to Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of each month: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
closed on Mondays



Tickets are valid for one day.

Adults: € 7
Concession: € 4

Some exhibitions may carry a separate charge.

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

Free admission to the permanent collection and reduced admission to the special exhibition on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays) for Cologne residents. Please note that during the special exhibitions the entire exhibition space is occupied.


The entrance area is accessible via lift. All exhibition spaces as well as toilets for disabled visitors are barrier-free.


Wide range of literature on East Asian art, philosophy and culture, craftwork, objects relating to special exhibitions. Tel: 0221-221-28617


M.S. Schmitz im Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Tue to Fr 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat, Sun, public holidays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
closed on Mondays 

Public transport

Public transport
bus, tram: “Universitätsstrasse”
Car park
in front of the museum