Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum – Cultures of the World

The Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum has a special position in North-Rhine Westphalia. As the only public institution of its kind it has devoted itself for over a hundred years to the dissemination of aspects of non-European history, culture and art in a wide- ranging programme of exhibitions and events. In this way it has an important educational mission which is assuming more and more importance for the solution of current questions and problems of living together in a multicultural society: It is only through a knowledge of other cultures and awareness of different concepts of life - even in the immediate vicinity - that mutual understanding, appreciation and tolerance can be promoted.

Re-opening 2010

At its old location on Ubierring for 102 years, closed for two years - re-opened on 23rd October 2010 at Neumarkt after five years of building activities. Further details

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Enjoy a virtual tour of the museum

The Collection

The collection of ethnographic objects is being constantly expanded and upgraded.

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Historical Photographic Archives

Historical photographs are today recognised and protected as valuable objects.

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History of the RJM

The foundations of the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum were laid on Ubierring as a gift to the City of Cologne.

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Opening Hours & Adress

Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum
Cultures of the world
Cäcilienstraße 29-33
50667 Köln
+49 0221 / 221 - 313 56

Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
(public holidays 10am-6pm)
Closed on Mondays