Ever since it was founded in 1888, the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum has been collecting and looking after objects relating to the history of Cologne from the Middle Ages right up to the present day. In order to preserve the city’s rich heritage for present and future generations –– and not behind closed doors, but actively and publicly with exhibitions and educational services.

Cathedral souvenir mug, c. 1850. Photo: icon Kommunikation, Cologne  
Through city history with the audio-guide. Photo: Philipp Hoffmann, Cologne  
Raft transporting wood to Holland, c. 1800. Model 1:87. Photo: icon Kommunikation, Cologne  
Historic eau-de-cologne flasks. Photo: Philipp Hoffmann, Cologne  
Children at the permanent exhibition. Photo: RBA  
Children at the permanent exhibition. Photo: Philipp Hoffmann, Cologne  
Cologne harbour scene, c. 1600. Photo: icon Kommunikation, Cologne  
View of the first floor. Photo: RBA  
J.B. Schreiner, G. Hermeling: table centrepiece ‘Industry’, 1906. Photo: icon Kommunikation, Cologne  

The permanent exhibition puts across a lively overview of 1200 years of city history, while special exhibitions, academically well-researched and dynamically staged, are devoted to particular topics of civic history. Like our accompanying publications, these combine high standards of content with entertainment in the best sense.

Our varied programme of education and events for different target groups makes the museum a place to learn and to meet people – for a communal and at the same time very personal experience of history.

A museum for all the people of Cologne, for the curious and the knowledge hungry, and for all who are interested in the city’s eventful past.



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Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

Zeughausstraße 1–3
50667 Köln
Tel.: 0221/221-22398
Fax: 0221/221-24154
eMail: ksm@museenkoeln.de


Opening times

Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Public holidays: 10am – 5pm
KölnTag: 10am – 10pm