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.


acitivities (in German only)

So. 23.05.
15:00 - 16:15 Uhr

Lesung | Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud


Für: Kinder ab 8 Jahren | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Reihe: Lesewelten | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Teilnahme: kostenlos | Anmeldung bis: 20.05.2021


current Exhibition

Love and Power – Trilogy III. Judit, Omphale & co.

December 1, 2020 to May 2, 2021

The last exhibition in the trilogy on love in the prints and drawings room focuses on the representation of strong women, in particular biblical heroines who specifically use their femininity. Through art history these representations are characterised by cunning, bravery, beauty, erotic tension and an interest in the relationship between the sexes, while female biblical wrongdoers are increasingly seen as femme fatales.

Poetry of the Sea. Dutch Marine Painting

May 21, 2020 to April 11, 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.


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.

Entdeckt! Maltechniken von Martini bis Monet

October 8, 2021 to February 13, 2022

DE Das Wallraf enthüllt die geheimen Tricks von Meistern wie Martini, Cranach, Rubens, Rembrandt, Friedrich, Manet und Monet. Dafür untersuchten Kunsttechnolog*innen des Museums in den letzten zwanzig Jahren Gemälde von prominenten Malern aus Spätmittelalter, Barock, Romantik, Realismus, Impressionismus und Symbolismus. Mit Röntgenstrahlen, Infrarot und Stereomikroskopen schauten die Expert*innen nicht nur auf die Malschicht, sondern auch in sie hinein und durch sie hindurch.



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