Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World

Where we live, what we believe in and where we belong - these are common themes that are important to every culture. The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum is the only one of its kind in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia and is housed in a spacious new building with an innovative presentation concept. An exhibition area of 3,600 square metres shows the rich variety of world cultures.

The theme-based presentation "People in their Worlds" takes visitors on an interactive multi-media voyage of exploration where they learn more about the European view of other cultures and familiarize themselves with different concepts of life. Impressive exhibits from Africa, Asia, America, Oceania and Europe illustrate themes that concern people worldwide and enthral visitors from all age groups. The theme-based presentation "Comprehending the World" provides an insight into the European view of other cultures as reflected in travelogues, art and museums.

The presentation "Shaping the World" takes a closer look at different ways of living. What does a Gamelan orchestra from Indonesia sound like? What is the role of masks in rituals? How do nomads survive in the desert? Comparing cultures to detect commonalities and differences is at the heart of this ethnological museum that is fun and makes you want to know more.

 
 

public guided tours (in German only)

Sa. 29.02.
15:00 Uhr

Der Mensch in seinen Welten - Das Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum im Überblick

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsgesellschaft RJM e.V. | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt

mehr
So. 01.03.
12:00 Uhr

Der Mensch in seinen Welten - Das Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum im Überblick

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsgesellschaft RJM e.V. | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt

mehr
So. 01.03.
15:00 Uhr

Der Mensch in seinen Welten - Das Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum im Überblick

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsgesellschaft RJM e.V. | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt

mehr

acitivities (in German only)

Do. 27.02.
18:30 Uhr

Gespräch | Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Tatsächlich eine Fälschung? Neueste Erkenntnisse auf dem Gebiet der Glas- und Keramikrestaurierung

Für: Alle | Von: Museumsgesellschaft RJM e.V. | Treffpunkt: Bibliothek

mehr
Sa. 29.02.
15:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Kurs | Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Mit Sack und Pack...

Für: Kinder ab 5 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Laura Winkler M.A. | Reihe: Die jungen Entdecker | Technik: Parfleche bemalen | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | Anmeldung bis: 27.02.2020

Anmeldung

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

mehr

Guided tours can be booked for groups and are available in a variety of languages.

Führung

Guided tour: Encounter with other cultures

They were typical representatives of their time – the explorer Wilhelm Joest and the diplomat Max von Oppenheim. Passionate collectors, they encountered unfamiliar, ‚alien‘ worlds, travelled to far-flung territories and newly conquered colonies and found their own individual approach to non-European cultures. Their lives and their collections, which have shaped the current face of the museum, provide access to the era of colonial expansion more than 100 years ago.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Führung

Guided tour: People in their Worlds. Overview of Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World

"People in their Worlds" – this exciting theme-based presentation with its innovative exhibition concept takes up themes that are important to people the world over, but that they respond to in completely different ways, depending on the regional and cultural factors that shaped their lives. This comparative approach to different cultures emphasises their equal status and quality, provides thought-provoking impulses and encourages discussion. Including our own culture in this comparative approach contributes to the relativisation of our own thinking.     

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

 
 
 
 

current Exhibition

Die Baustelle (the Building Site)

December 7, 2019 to October 23, 2020

For its special exhibition “Resist! The Art of Resistance” (from 23 Oct 2020), the museum will record personal stories of quiet or vociferous resistance. In its newly created discussion forum “Die Baustelle” the museum will engage in conversation and discussion with visitors, artists, organisations and pressure groups. The exhibition will gradually emerge from an area around the discussion forum and will be based on the ideas of the participants.

preview

Die Schatten der Dinge

April 24, 2020 to August 30, 2020

DE Die Ausstellung widmet sich den vergessenen, verdrängten und verflochtenen Geschichten von Objekten in Ethnologischen Sammlungen. Sie nimmt fünf Objekte mit besonderer Biographie in den Blick und nähert sich ihren Geschichten, ihrer Präsenz oder Abwesenheit und ihrem Nachleben heute. Die Besucher*innen sind eingeladen, die Herkunft der Objekte zu ergründen, sie auf neue Weise wahrzunehmen und einen künstlerischen Blick auf die Sammlung des Museums zu erfahren.

 

Address

Cäcilienstraße 29-33
50667 Köln
T +49-221.221-31356
F +49-221.221-31333
rjm@stadt-koeln.de

Opening hours

Tue to Sun (incl. public holidays) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
closed on Mondays

 

Admission

Admission to the permanent collection Adults: 7 €
Concession: 4.50 €
Combination ticket (permanent and special exhibitions):
Adults: 10 €, concession: 7 €

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 to the permanent collection on the 1st Thu of each month (except public holidays): for Cologne residents.

Public transport

Public transport
bus, tram, underground: "Neumarkt" (5 min walk)
Car park
Cäcilienstraße
Coach pick-up and drop-off point
in front of the museum; coach park along the Rhine river