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)

Fr. 19.07.
15:00 - 16:30 Uhr

Basiswissen Ostasiatische Kunst

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Caroline Stegmann-Rennert M. A. | Reihe: Akademieprogramm | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Preis: € 4,50 | zzgl. Eintritt | Anmeldung bis: 14.07.2019

Anmeldung (Nur Anfrage, Anmeldeschluss abgelaufen)
Sa. 20.07.
14:30 Uhr

Alles unter dem Himmel

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Alles unter dem Himmel - 40 Jahre Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst am Aachener Weiher“, 17.11.2018 - 06.10.2019

So. 21.07.
12:00 Uhr

Kulturtransfer in Asien

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt


acitivities (in German only)

Di. 23.07.
11:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Kurs | Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Qigong meets Art

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst | Mit: Martha Bank, Caroline Stegmann-Rennert M. A. | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 30,00 | ermäßigt: € 17,50 | Material: € 2,00 | Anmeldung bis: 18.07.2019


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

Mi. 24.07.
11:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Kurs | Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Sommerfächer – selbst designt

Für: Kinder ab 10 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Anna Sellmann M. A. | Reihe: Ferienprogramm | Technik: Tuschmalerei | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 10,50 | Material: € 4,00 | Anmeldung bis: 22.07.2019


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


current Exhibition

All under Heaven. The Museum of East Asian Art by the Aachener Weiher – 40 Years

November 17, 2018 to October 6, 2019

40 years ago the new building of the Museum for East Asian Art opened at Aachener Weiher. This building, designed by the Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa, gave the museum a new home after the original museum, founded in 1909, was destroyed in World War II.



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: € 9,50
Concession: € 5,50

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