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Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

(4.5/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
As one of the three major museums in Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum contains a gallery with fine art representing the medieval period to early 20th century. The museum's collection began to come together in 1824, although it didn't move to its current location until 2001. In that year, it also gained a comprehensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works on permanent loan from Gérard Corboud. Consider getting a Museum Card, which allows access to this and many other museums in the city. Use our Cologne vacation builder to visit Wallraf-Richartz Museum on your trip to Cologne, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Very big Museum and immaculately maintained. Arranged for piano and easy to get around. Beautiful and valuable paintings. Loved the part devoted to Impressionism. Also good explanations present occasionally on the walls. We enjoyed the Museums card that with 30 euro allowed us into two to visit 3 museums and traveling on the first day on public transport for free (the museums are many more if you have time!).
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  • The Wallraf-Richartz offers a panorama of painting of the middle ages at the beginning of the 20th century. You can see a rich collection of paintings of the school of Cologne, particularly Stefan Lochner and German impressionists
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  • I really enjoyed this museum's collection and smart layout. Some of the earliest works in the collection are really impressive and there are some surprising pieces in here too. Very handily located at...  more »
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  • Great presentation, showing how art evolved over time. While I like paintings, I don't know much about art but that doesn't matter: Every single room provides a general explanation of what is shown including the social and cultural backgrounds involved. Many paintings provide detailed explanation on their plaque and also provide an insight on the techniques used. All texts are bilingual (German/English). If you want to read all texts and study most paintings carefully (i.e. explore the details), plan about 4 hours for the 3 upper floors (basement was closed) plus a recreational break as your attention will unfortunately fade after a while. If you rush through the exhibition, you may finish each floor in about 30-45 minutes (as did other visitors) but you will miss a lot.
  • Excellent museum, well organized. Captions on the art are in English and German, rather extensive and lots to read and explore. Great museum shop and cafe too.
  • Wallraf-Richartz-Museum is a must while visiting Koln. Great selection of fine arts.
  • Beautiful collections with an emphasis on german artists. The middle age section is stunning.
  • Must see in Cologne! For those interested in painting, plan 2-3 hours. Rich collection of middle age art, baroque period and 19th century.