Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

The Wallraf shows how modern and relevant European art from the 13th to the beginning of the 20th century still is today. The Wallraf invites you to come face to face with great masterpieces of European art. The museum has one of the most important collections of medieval art worldwide. Stefan Lochner's "Madonna in the Rose Bower" is the absolute highlight. Other highlights are Baroque painting with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Tiepolo and Boucher, German Romanticism and French painting of the 19th century.

In the paintings of the Fondation Corboud the museum has the most extensive collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist art in Germany. Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot, Signac and Seurat are all represented with outstanding works. Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Bonnard, Ensor and Munch herald in modernism. Experience the modern design of this important gallery.

The impressively clear lines of the building by the Cologne star architect Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007) was opened in 2001. The presentation of the collection on display is being constantly optimised, the Graphisches Kabinett shows a changing selection of master drawings from its rich collections with works by Leonardo, Dürer, Rubens, Liebermann, Rodin and many others.


public guided tours (in German only)

So. 16.08.
11:30 Uhr

Das Wallraf und seine Frauen

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Arbeitskreis Wallraf-Richartz-Museum / Museum Ludwig | Mit: Dr. Inge Schaefer | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt

So. 16.08.
15:00 Uhr

Stillleben: Eine stille Welt?

Für: Kinder ab 8 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Reihe: Wallraf Junior | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Teilnahme: kostenlos | Anmeldung bis: 14.08.2020

Mi. 19.08.
16:30 Uhr

Gustave Caillebotte und Berthe Morisot: Der moderne Blick

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Arbeitskreis Wallraf-Richartz-Museum / Museum Ludwig | Mit: Gabriele Gerlt | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt


acitivities (in German only)

Fr. 21.08.
16:00 Uhr

Gespräch | Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud


Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Foyer | Teilnahme: kostenlos | zzgl. Eintritt | Anmeldung bis: 18.08.2020

Do. 03.09.
17:00 - 19:00 Uhr

Gespräch | Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

Kunststationen: Meisterwerke des Wallraf-Richartz-Museums

Für: Alle | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Reihe: AbendsImMuseum | Treffpunkt: Vor Ort in der Galerie | Teilnahme: kostenlos


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


Guided tour: For 19th century enthusiasts

This tour traces the major movements in landscape painting by taking an in-depth look at masterpieces by Joseph Anton Koch and Caspar David Friedrich. The emergence into the modern age is represented by Courbet’s works and above all by the main representatives of Impressionism such as Monet, Caillebotte, Sisley and Pissarro as well as the Pointillist Signac. Let yourself be entranced by this feast of light and colour!

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
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.


Guided tour: For Baroque enthusiasts

Are you fascinated by the great masters such as Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck? Or do you prefer Rembrandt and Frans Hals? Whether you opt for Holland or Flanders – the way of life in these parts of the world with their rich artistic traditions could not be more different – even today! Immerse yourself in this glamorous era of European painting and discover the different faces of a culture that had its origins in two opposing religious views.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 9
Target groups: upper secondary education level, students, adults 
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

Love on the Edge - Trilogy II

June 19, 2020 to September 20, 2020

In the second part of this year’s trilogy of exhibitions on love, the prints and drawings room exhibits haunting/striking prints by Edvard Munch alongside some etchings by Max Klinger. The great Norwegian admired the work of Klinger, who was a star of the German art scene around 1900 and died a century ago, on 4 July 1920. Both artists portrayed the attraction between men and women many times, particularly the tension between the sexes.

Poetry of the Sea. Dutch Marine Painting

May 21, 2020 to February 28, 2021

In the 17th century the Netherlands was one of the richest nations in the world, not only economically, but also culturally. At its peak, there were 700 painters producing about 70,000 paintings a year, which is why the era is still called the ‘Golden Age’. The prosperity and success of the young republic depended on its command of the oceans and inland waters. Its strong sense of identity as a seafaring nation also inspired artists. A new genre arose: marine painting.

Carlo Carlone. Oil Sketches from the Rococo period

May 5, 2020 to September 6, 2020

Carlone was one of the busiest painters of his time; he worked in Austria, Germany, Italy, producing mainly wall and ceiling paintings, as well as large oil paintings for churches and palaces. With his dynamic compositions, the Lombrady artist Carlo Innocenzo Carlone (1686 – 1775) is considered a pioneer of the Rococo. The Wallraf recently acquired six of his works on permanent loan from the collection of Joseph and Maria Matzker.


Liebe, Macht und Ohnmacht. Trilogie III. Judith, Delilah & Co

November 6, 2020 to February 7, 2021

DE Die letzte Ausstellung der Trilogie zur Liebe im Graphischen Kabinett konzentriert sich auf die Darstellung starker Frauen, insbesondere auf solche biblischen Heldinnen, die ihre Weiblichkeit gezielt einsetzen. So etwa rettete die schöne, jung verwitwete Judit ihr jüdisches Volk, indem sie den assyrischen Heerführer Holofernes trunken machte und enthauptete, und Delilah stellte sich gegen Bezahlung in den Dienst der Philister, um den israelischen Richter Simson zu verführen.

Bon Voyage, Signac!

March 5, 2021 to June 27, 2021

The Pointillist work is now the centrepiece of the special exhibition ‘Bon Voyage, Signac!’ in Cologne, which includes about sixty works by renowned artists such as Monet, Manet, Caillebotte, Courbet, Gauguin, Cézanne van Gogh and Matisse. The Wallraf is introducing a new Signac with this Impressionist journey through its own collection.



Obenmarspforten (am Kölner Rathaus)
50667 Köln
T +49 221 221 21119
F +49 221 221 22629 

Opening hours

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every 1st and 3rd Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on Mondays


Tickets are valid for one day.

Permanent Collection and exhibitions
Adults: 8 €, Concession: 4,50 €
In addition, family and group tickets available.

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.




CEDON MuseumsShops GmbH
Catalogues, literature and art shop
Tel: 0221-27798957


Café-Restaurant im Museum

Tea, daily changing 3-course lunch, special dishes. There are c. 80 seats available for private events in the café and the foyer of the museum.
Tel: +49 (0) 221 / 99 23 759

Public transport

Public transport
rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 to 10 min walk)
underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof” (5-10 min walk)
tram / bus: "Heumarkt"

Car parks
Am Dom / An Farina / Groß St-Martin