Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Wolfgang F. Meier
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.