Roman-Germanic Museum, Cologne

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Don't miss the highlight of Roman-Germanic Museum: an 1,800-year old mosaic of the god Dionysus. The artwork, crafted from millions of ceramic tiles, is--amazingly--completely intact. Throughout the museum's three floors, you'll see hundreds of artifacts from the Roman colonization of the Rhine Valley. Various dioramas offer details about daily life and religion in Roman Germania. The exhibits are laid out to resemble the inner courtyard of a Roman villa. As you walk around, you'll see that the museum was built around the discovery of the mosaic. Be sure to pay a visit to the restored stretch of ancient road just outside the building. Work out when and for how long to visit Roman-Germanic Museum and other Cologne attractions using our handy Cologne journey tool .
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  • This is a fantastic museum. It is located around the corner from the Cologne Cathedral. It explains the role of Rome in the local area and displays artifacts from that era. Don't miss the mosaic. Exce...  more »
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  • This is a wonderfully laid out museum which gives an overview of the Roman influence on Köln's history. We easily spent 3 hours looking at the great collection of objects mostly found in our near the ...  more »
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  • Excellent place to spend a day. And you'll need a whole day to appreciate it. One of the excellent features is a Mosaic that can be seen from the outside. This place is packed full of history of Cologne from the Roman era of history. As an American, you can find nothing like this at home. The Roman history in Cologne dates back to its founding in about 30 AD. There are a plethora of artifacts big and small.
  • Placed in a central area, near to other famous places of the city. The museum is very informative, and focused on roman arts and history. You'll find impressive mosaics. I needed about 3 hours to fully visit the site.
  • If you've been to Rome, this museum is probably something to skip. They had a lot of examples of Roman glass and pottery and tombstones, plus has 2 incredible floor mosaics (the main one you can see from the window outside without having to go in). But almost everything is labeled only on German and without much context. Take a picture of the mosaic from outside and skip the rest unless you happen to have the Cologne Museum Card, then sure, why not? ;)
  • Although the exposition is nice, if you are truly interested about the matter, dont bother yourself, it's everything in german. And if there's something translated in english it's just a quarter of the original german explanation. Awful.
  • It's not deep but it do good ... no English translation on most of the pieces even if they tell u there are ... I loved most the jewellery section ... expected to see more Germanic items but mostly were Roman...

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