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)

Mi. 21.08.
15:00 Uhr

Geschenkt! – Die Gabe der Diplomatie

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

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Do. 22.08.
15:00 Uhr

Geschenkt! – Die Gabe der Diplomatie

Für: Senioren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Reihe: SeniorenTreff | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt

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Do. 22.08.
18:00 Uhr

Kuratorenführung: geschenkt! Die Gabe der Diplomatie

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Rahmenprogramm zu: „geschenkt! – die Gabe der Diplomatie“, 07.06.2019 - 05.01.2020

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acitivities (in German only)

Sa. 24.08.
15:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Kurs | Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Im Reich der Schattenwesen

Für: Kinder ab 5 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Mitarbeiter Museumsdienst | Reihe: Die jungen Entdecker | Technik: Schattenspielfiguren gestalten | Treffpunkt: Kasse des Museums | Teilnahme: kostenlos | Anmeldung bis: 22.08.2019

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Di. 27.08.
11:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Kurs | Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Hanuman macht Theater

Für: Kinder ab 5 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Mitarbeiter Museumsdienst | Reihe: Ferienprogramm | Technik: Schattenspielfiguren gestalten | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 10,50 | Material: € 2,00 | Anmeldung bis: 25.08.2019

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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.

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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

It’s a gift! – Exchange of Dipomatic Presents

June 7, 2019 to January 5, 2020

On the occasion of state visits it is customary to exchange gifts. But what do these diplomatic gifts tell us? The museum will present around 30 previously unexhibited state gifts from 15 non-European countries such as Togo, Mexico and Indonesia. The elaborate carvings, sophisticated ceramics and replicas of famous originals will be shown as ›interventions‹ in the permanent collection.

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Heilige und Asketen - Miniaturmalerei der Jaina aus Indien

October 11, 2019 to February 16, 2020

DE Die aus Indien stammende Glaubensgemeinschaft der Jainas vermeidet strikt alles, was anderen Lebewesen – Mensch, Tier, Pflanze – schadet. Ihre Anhänger ernähren sich vegetarisch und leben nach einer im westlichen Kontext nahezu unbekannten Lehre der Gewaltlosigkeit. Die Ausstellung ist eine Präsentation einer wertvollen Schenkung von Miniaturen aus den heiligen Schriften der Jainas aus der Zeit zwischen dem Ende des 14. und Anfang des 17. Jh.

 

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