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Museum Ludwig, Cologne

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Catch the third-largest Picasso collection in the world (900 pieces!) at Museum Ludwig. This modern-art museum houses a collection of Pop Art, Surrealism, and abstract pieces. Tour the galleries to admire famous works by Warhol, Pollock, Dali, and Lichtenstein. Then check out the impressive collection of Russian avant-garde and German Expressionist artwork. The museum is adjacent to the famous Cologne Cathedral. Before you head to Cologne, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cologne online itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Cologne has to offer, including Museum Ludwig.
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  • Great museum. Great collection. Terrible staff, absolute not friendly. But the rest of the museum is stunning. A mist visit in Cologne 
    Great museum. Great collection. Terrible staff, absolute not friendly. But the rest of the museum is stunning. A mist visit in Cologne  more »
  • We went to Ludwig during the summer holidays, it was crowded around Colonge however I’m the museum, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. I think there was 3 levels filled with a diverse range.....  more
    We went to Ludwig during the summer holidays, it was crowded around Colonge however I’m the museum, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. I think there was 3 levels filled with a diverse range.....  more »
  • Never thought that a museum security staff could be so irritating all the way through the museum. Had a small - small bag with me I had to use their lockers... After all in the museum as visitor I... 
    Never thought that a museum security staff could be so irritating all the way through the museum. Had a small - small bag with me I had to use their lockers... After all in the museum as visitor I...  more »
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  • Let me be clear, I entered this museum with a really negative attitude - I'm afraid that I very much took the view that modern art is all a bit of a nonsense. I spent around 3 hours at the museum and I came out a changed man. I can't explain the effect of some of the pieces on me, who can really, but I was genuinely amazed. In addition, there was a large video exhibition which was very accessible. All in all, the content was sensational and laid out in an incredibly impressive manner including some super large rooms which help you have the space to just think. The architecture of the building alone is breath taking especially the main exhibition room which is simply huge. In terms of the basics, the location is obviously ideal given next to station and Cathedral. It was very clean. Lots of toilets and lots of lifts and escalators for this with limited mobility. Lots of space between and around each piece so everyone has the space needed to appreciate the art. The staff were extremely polite and helpful. Importantly to me there was no art-world stuffiness - the staff are relaxed, it is no problem to just sit down in a room or near a piece and spend the time required in a relaxed and comfortable manner to truly appreciate the work. It was a simply fantastic to feel so relaxed and at ease which really really enabled me to get everything I could from the art. Oh yes, and if you are a social pariah like me and still enjoy the occasional cigarette, there is even an outdoor area within the museum to enable you to have a ciggy without having to go all the way back to the entrance. That area is a roof top terrace on the third floor with a wonderful view of the Cathedral from a perfect location for photography. The fact that they have this facility at all let alone the fact that it is such a pleasant area perhaps reflects the attitude of the museum perfectly. Simply put : visit this museum. I hope it acts as such a game changer for you as it was for me.
  • Great museum. The art here is really not my taste, however, I’m sure some art guru will find more value in the art than I did. I’d still recommend this museum to others.
  • Audio guides were not available, and many (if not all) of the descriptions for paintings were only in German. Be wary that if your bring water or food you will need to put it away in a locker in the museum. The Museum was well-kept, and conveniently has a restaurant right next to it.
  • Great building with good lighting. The rooms are fun to explore. A well balanced selection of art works and artists.
  • This is really a fantastic Museum located near the Kölner Dom and the big train station so it's easy to get to. It's quite a large museum with a fair amount to offer including painting sculpture in photography over three floors. when I was there just recently they had a wonderful historical photo exhibit and also some the artworks i had looked at in books and school and had never seen such as the Picasso and Kandinsky and Otto Dix. Really worth a visit! From inside the museum you also have some nice views of cologne as they have a great window view and also two outdoor patios that you can go out on. They have a locker area and a coat check. So if you're traveling you can bring your things there and lock them up and not have to carry them around with you. They allow photography of most of the artworks

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