Our collection

The museum’s collection contains over 350,000 objects relating to the history of the city of Cologne and has grown continuously through donations and purchases since it was founded in 1888.

The first objects were material goods transferred from the Historical Archive, such as the type of the great city seal of 1268/1269, several city banners and the personal effects of Hermann van Goch, who was executed in 1398.

Today, the collection of the Cologne City Museum covers a wide range of periods, materials and themes: artistic and kitsch, unique and everyday objects from over 1000 years of the city’s history. The fascinating objects reflect the political development of the city, but also the changes in living conditions and the emergence of customs and traditions. The museum’s depots are veritable treasure troves of the past. The collection details are only given in German