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Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne
(4.5/5 based on 420+ 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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  • from Dürer have enjoyed very until van Gogh...wir, after a lecture Sunday 11: 00 to enjoy these pictures. Exciting details, well lit and not too full. Worth a visit
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  • Surprised by the breadth and quality of the permanent collection and fell with the nose in the butter with the exhibition Von Duerer bis Van Gogh, in which an object from the collection of the museum is mated to and hung next to a work from the Sammlung Buehrle (Zurich), resulting in unique, intriguing, enlightening and compelling juxtapositions bv. the two Sisleys and two Cuyps. May I also the view of the upper floors in the late afternoon sun recommend?
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  • enjoyed an hour tour of 3 floors of art, well lit, pleasant wall colours, especially the current Durer-VanGogh exhibit; lovely gift shop with a large variety of the postcards of their current works; i...  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.