Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Photo: Wolfgang Meier

Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm, Thursday: 10am - 8pm
1st Thursday of the month 10am-10pm (on public holidays 10am - 6pm)
Closed on Mondays


Individual ticket: 7 €, concession: 4,50 €
Group ticket (10 people or more): 4,50 € per person

Group ticket (15 people or more): 8 € per person
Group ticket permanent exhibition: 9 € per person

Special discounts apply for people with a severe disability from a degree of disability (GdB) of 50% or more:

Single ticket permanent exhibition: 3,50 €
Combined ticket Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum/ Museum Schnütgen: 5 €

The severely handicapped pass must be presented at the museum ticket offices to be granted reduced admission.

Guided tours

Online booking of guided tours:

To book tours and workshops for school classes, groups and individual visitors:

Guided tours special exhibitions | 2 € per person
Groups 25 €

In addition to the guided tours of the Museum Service Cologne there are tours of the Museumsgesellschaft RJM e.V.:
"People in Their Worlds" - the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum at a glance
1st Thursday of the month (KölnTag) 17:30
Saturday 15:00 and Sunday 12:00 

"People in Their Worlds" - in two parts
Part 1: Cultures of the World - the European View
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month 14:00
Part 2: Cultures of the World - Ways of Living
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month 14:00

max. 25 participants | museum admission

Getting to the Museum

The museum is located in the centre of Cologne and has good transport links.

Public Transport

Bus, tram, metro stop Neumarkt (2 minutes on foot)
KVB numbers 1, 3, 4, 9, 16, 18
Bus numbers 136, 146

From Cologne/Bonn Airport take the S-Bahn (local train) in the direction of Cologne to Köln/Hauptbahnhof (Cologne main station). Change to the metro number 16 or 18 to Neumarkt.

Arriving by Car

Coming from the north drive via the A3 as far as exit 27 Kreuz (intersection) Köln-Ost in the direction of Köln-Zentrum/Köln-Deutz. Continue along the B55a as far as exit Pfälzischer Ring/L188 and turn right on to the Pfälzischer Ring. After roughly 1 kilometre turn right again into the Opladener Straβe and continue in the direction of the Deutzer Brücke. After crossing the Rhine continue straight on to Neumarkt. Drive around the square in order to be on the right side to drive into the underground car park on the Cäcilienstraβe.

Coming from the north via the A57 in the direction of Cologne. Continue on the K4 to exit Lindenthal/Müngersdorf to the Innere Kanalstraβe. After roughly 1.5 kilometres turn right into the Aachener Straβe and immediately do a U-turn. After roughly 2 kilometres you will reach the museum on the right-hand side where you will also find the entrance to the underground car park.
Coming from the south via the A61/A1 to exit 124 Frechen. Drive in the direction of Aachen/Olpe/Köln and bear right at the fork in the direction of Köln-Zentrum. Continue on the Dürener Straβe for roughly 6 kilometres, turn left into the Universitätsstraβe and then right into the Richard-Wagner-Straβe. After c. 2 kilometres you will reach the museum on the right hand side and the entrance to the underground car park.

Coming from the west via the A4, change to the A1 in the direction of Dortmund/Düsseldorf at exit 10 Kreuz (intersection) Köln-West. Turn off at exit 103 in the direction of the Aachener Straβe and turn right into the Aachener Straβe when the road forks following the signs Zentrum/Junkersdorf. After about 7 kilometres you will reach the museum on the right hand side where you will also find the entrance to the underground car park.

Your route with


Underground car park Cäcilienstraße, directly beneath the museum
Entrance via Cäcilienstraße
Museum charge (4 hours): 5 € (information at the ticket desk)

Access for Wheelchair Users and deaf people

The museum is suitable for wheelchair users.
The events room is equipped with induction loops.

For hearing impaired people (hearing aid and CI wearers) a ring loop is available on the audio guide.

Videoguides - a service for deaf people: Films in sign language explain the theme-based presentation, show you the highlights of the exhibition and explain the contents in a suitable way for children. The equipment can be borrowed free of charge at the information desk. More information is available here.

Visitors Plan

Begin your voyage of discovery in the foyer. The orientation plan will help you in your exploration. Free download


Guides to themes and highlights are available in German and English for free.

For hearing impaired people (hearing aid and CI wearers) a ring loop is available on the audio guide.

Take advantage of our service: downloadable mp3 audioguide available free of charge

Guide to Themes: Let us tell you about our theme-based presentation.

Guide to Highlights: A selection of the most interesting and beautiful objects in our exhibition.


Go to overview of all our employees


Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 10 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4pm

Contact: Martin Malewski, Tel. 0221-221-31367
more details

online catalogue

Museum Shop

Opening Times: same as museum

Manager: Katharina Krebs, Tel. 0221- 933 1065 0
Further Information about the shop 

Museum Café

Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

Further information

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