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Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

(4.5/5 based on 460+ 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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  • I'm normally not a fan of museums, but I have to say that this museum really bother was! On the advice of a tip on TripAdvisor, we are the top started and then quietly descended. Works by Monet, Rubens, Gaugain ... and much more, really worth it! A wonderful collection, beautiful brought together and a nice view of the Dom. There were also German orders for the children. Definitely recommended to do!
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  • It's one of the best museums in town. Best temporary exhibitions, really nice collections with relevant artists, contemporary and antique art. Nice gift shop, central, not expensive. No audio guides i...  more »
  • What always strikes me at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, is the very good air, which makes the longer visits. And there to see, given the excellent curated permanent and temporary exhibitions, much. Each floor offers a different art period. For example, the brief comments on the works of the exhibition are pleasantly short and to the point. The way to the enjoyment of art is complicated by the wardrobe extremely poorly organized (apparently through an external service provider). Unfriendly and hardly any German-speaking staff sends the paying customers from A to B, and the high point is then at the inlet: A visibly badly sick, in their small hand bag mitführendes drugs family member dismisses perch, gotta get back to wardrobe. There, my comment that you now could have told us in the dressing room, is acknowledged with an eye-rolling shrug. Meanwhile the minion at the entrance can happen without lots of guests with larger pockets. It addressed, he is aggressive. If I was there alone, I would have canceled my visit at this point. Quite different from the service and advice in the very well-hung CEDON Museum shop and in the attached Café "Wallraf-Richartz".
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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.