The Carnival Museum of Cologne

Almost everybody loves celebrating it, but why is carnival celebrated at all? Why is there a “Dreigestirn” – a triumvirate – in Cologne? What is carnival all about? The answers can be found in the Kölner Karnevalmuseum (Carnival Museum), the biggest of its kind.

Many exhibits tell their own story and numerous multimedia points provide a mine of background information for the carnival enthusiast, show curios and answer all visitors' questions surrounding the “fifth season”, as carnival is referred to in Cologne. “Kölle Alaaf!” – that’s the carnival battle cry in this city.


For further information regarding special exhibitions or events please visit the homepage of the museum.



Maarweg 134-136
50825 Köln
T +49 221 574 0076
F +49 221 574 0081 

Opening hours

Opening hours:


Adults: 6,00 €
Concession: 4,00 €
Family ticket: 11,00 €
Children up to 6 years: free
Children up to 18 years: 1,00 €
Adult groups: (from 15 persons on): 5,00 €
Annual ticket for families: 29,90 €

Public transport

Public transport
bus, tram, underground: "Maarweg"
Car park
in front of the museum