Köln – Cologne


Cäcilienstraße 29

Phone: +49/221/221-23620
Fax: +49/221/221-28489
Website: http://www.museenkoeln.de

Museum Schnütgen

Museum Schnütgen is a place where you can experience art from the early Middle Ages to the end of the Baroque period in the unique ambiance of a medieval ecclesiastical building. It holds a thousand years of masterpieces of international rank. Among them there are works of church treasure art in bronze, silver, gold and ivory, works of art in wood, stone sculptures and architectural sculpture, one of the largest museum collections of textiles worldwide and one of the largest collections of glass painting in Germany. With a large number of top quality objects in all of these fields the Museum Schnütgen is among the ten most important museums of medieval art in Europe.

In the sixties the Kunsthalle as the "Window of the Cologne Museums" and the Kölnischer Kunstverein were established in the immediate vicinity. By around 2008 a new complex will be built to replace them which will be linked architecturally with the Museum Schnütgen. It is intended that in addition to an extension of the Museum Schnütgen it will also house the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, the exhibition area of the Kunsthalle, the Museumsdienst (museum service) and premises of the adult education centre. The Museum Schnütgen in St Cäcilien will be the historic focal point of this new neighbourhood.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

Alexander Schnütgen, the founder of this museum assembled a huge collection of works of art from roughly 1870 onwards. Schnütgen's treasures and the exhibitions he organised between 1876 and 1904 laid the foundation for a new understanding of the world of the Middle Ages and approaches to research. Since he gave his collections to the City of Cologne in 1906, the museum has become one of the most important centres of research and venues for exhibiting medieval art in Europe.

Previous Exhibitions

Rheinische Glasmalerei. Meisterwerke der Renaissance
3. Mai bis 29. Juli 2007

Zum Sterben schön! Alter, Totentanz und Sterbekunst von 1500 bis heute
06. September bis 26. November 2006

100 Jahre Schenkung Schnütgen
29. April bis 30. Juli 2006

Aderlass und Seelentrost
28. Januar bis 8. Mai 2005

Der verlorene Blick. Video-Installationen von Michael Runschke zu Hauptwerken des Museums
27. Oktober 2004 bis 16. Januar 2005

Das Mittelalter - Jetzt! Angewandte Kunst Köln im Dialog mit Werken des Museum Schnütgen
9. September bis 17. Oktober 2004

Verdacht auf Andacht. Druckgraphische Andachtsbilder im Museum Schnütgen
1. Juli bis 22. August 2004

Gegenwart Mittelalter
Das Museum Schnütgen neu entdecken
23. März bis 6. Juli 2003

Fragmented Devotion
Medieval Objects from the Schnütgen-Museum CologneEine Ausstellung des Schnütgen-Museums im Charles S. and Isabella McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Massachusetts, USA

Samt und Pailletten in neuem Glanz
Die Restaurierung einer gotischen Kasel
9. November 2000 - 28. Januar 2001

Die gute Regierung
Vorbilder der Politik im Mittelalter
13. Oktober 2000 - 28. Januar 2001

L'Oro di Siena
Das Gold von Siena
28. Mai - 15. August 1999

Das Rheinische Landesmuseum Bonn zu Gast im Museum Schnütgen

Europäische Glasmalerei im Jahrhundert des Kölner Dombaus (1248 - 1349)
29. Januar - 19. April 1998

Kölner Schatzbaukasten
Die Große Kölner Beinschnitzwerkstatt des 12. Jahrhunderts
29. Januar 1998 - 19. November 1999

Die Handschriften und Einzelblätter des Schnütgen-Museums
Mittelalterliche Buchkunst aus B...+ [ Read all ]


€ 3,20 / reduced € 1,90

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sudays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Getting there

Public transport
Bus/underground/tram: 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18 Neumarkt

Parkhaus Dyckhoff, Cäcilienstraße
Underground car park Leonhard-Tietz-Straße

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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Public free guided tours
Wednesdays 14,30 o'clock and Sundays 11 o'clock
by the working group museum Schnütgen,

The museum service Cologne,
Richartzstraße 2-4, 50667 Cologne
Offers guided tours for groups and classes after previous registration,
Telephone: 0221/22 12 34 68, fax: 0221/22 12 45 44


Historia Coloniensis.
An exciting city game, where you and your research team can discover the medieval Cologne investigating in the museum Schnütgen and at historical places in Cologne. Booking with the agency Insight Out.
(Tel. +49 221/2825247)


Cäcilienstraße 29
50667 Köln
President: Konrad Adenauer