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)

Di. 17.12.
17:00 Uhr

Delta Welten: Leben im unsteten Wandel

Für: Erwachsene | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Teilnahme: kostenlos

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Mi. 18.12.
15:00 Uhr

Heilige und Asketen – Miniaturmalerei der Jaina

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt

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Sa. 21.12.
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

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acitivities (in German only)

Sa. 21.12.
15:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Kurs | Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt

Upcycling-Schmuckwerkstatt

Für: Kinder ab 8 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Mit: Cristine Schell | Reihe: Die jungen Entdecker | Technik: Entwerfen, Basteln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | Anmeldung bis: 19.12.2019

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Sa. 28.12.
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: Cristine Schell | Reihe: Die jungen Entdecker | Technik: Schattenspielfiguren gestalten | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | Anmeldung bis: 20.12.2019

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

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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.

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.

500 Years of Latin American Conquest: Colonialism and Survival Strategies

November 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020

DE Zum 500. Jahrestag der Ankunft von Cortés in Mexiko reflektieren die Universität Bonn und das RJM dieses Ereignis und seine bis heute spürbaren Folgen in einer Ausstellungsintervention. Sie ist im Bereich “Tod und Jenseits” der Dauerausstellung zu sehen, da mit der gewaltsamen spanischen Invasion auch viele der Totentraditionen des heutigen Lateinamerika als kreative Überlebensstrategien ihren Anfang nahmen.

Saints and Ascetics – Jain Miniature Painting from India

October 11, 2019 to February 16, 2020

The religious community of the Jains from India avoid anything that harms other living beings – humans, animals and plants. Their followers have a vegan lifestyle and live according to a principle of non-violence that is almost unfamiliar in a Western context. This exhibition presents a donation of precious miniatures from the holy Jain scripts dating from the period between the late 14th and the early 17th centuries.

Delta Worlds: Living with Volatile Change

September 27, 2019 to January 5, 2020

River deltas are particularly vulnerable ecosystems. They are the hotspots of global change and at the same time home to many people. This new ‘Intervention’ in the permanent collection looks at the everyday lives of inhabitants of river deltas.

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.

 

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