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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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  • This collection is divided into 3 floors -- Medieval Art, Baroque Art, and 19th Century Art. I found the Medieval art collection truly exceptional because many remarkable local artists whose work I ha...  more »
  • I don't know that I thought this museum was anything special. It has some nice pieces. One of the most off putting things to me was that the place required you to check everything into the coat room. ...  more »
  • Great exhibitions in beautiful rooms. Good Museum didactic. We were often here. Nice Café in the Museum.
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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.