Köln - Cologne


Martinstraße 39

Phone: +49 (0) 221-221/2 11 19
Fax: +49 (0) 221-221/2 26 29
Website: http://www.museenkoeln.de

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud – is one of the great traditional art galleries in Germany. Medieval and early modern paintings from the period between 1250 and 1550 form the historic core of the museum’s collection. The Baroque section with major works by Rubens, Rembrandt and others and the 19th century section with paintings from the Romantic period, Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism and a small collection of sculpture are other important focal points of the collection.

In 2001 this section was extended and enhanced by the Corboud Collection comprising 170 Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist paintings. The museum also has a comprehensive collection of graphic art comprising roughly 75,000 prints.

Permanent Collection

Art in Cologne occupies an outstanding position within German medieval painting, not only as a result of the number of works produced, but also as a result of its unique quality. With 290 paintings from medieval Cologne, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud – has the most important collection of medieval Cologne painting in the world including Stefan Lochner’s “Weltgericht


4 May to 5 August 2007

Goya und Picasso - Tauromachie

On the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Friends of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Museum Ludwig the Wallraf is bringing together the bullfighting cycles by Goya and Picasso within the framework of its “Tierschau

Forthcoming exhibitions

7 September to 18 November 2007

Hotel California – Dolron & Wrede in a dialogue

From theme park to martyrdom and paradise with a fakir – the exhibition Hotel California sends the visitor on an emotional roller-coaster ride between heaven and hell – this is the essence of a project in which medieval painting and prints from the early Baroque period are confronted with works by these contemporary photo-artists Desiree Dolron and Thomas Wrede.



(permanent collection and special exhibition)

€ 9,-/reduced € 6,-

Opening hours

Thu 10-20 h
Wed-Fri 10-18 h
Sat-Sun 11-18 h

Getting there

Public transportation

Bus Rathaus or Gürzenich,
Tram Heumarkt
10 minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof

3 underground parkings

Please follow the corresponding street signs


Library König in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud
Catalogues of the museum, international publications und literature about art, postcards, posters, etc.

Tel. +49-221-3566909 / Fax +49-221-3566910

Bistro WallRichEck, Tel + 49-221-9923750
also open outside museums hours

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Please find out here about the numerous events (in german)




The Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud – is the oldest Cologne museum and at the same time one of the earliest civic museums in Germany. It originated with the comprehensive estate of the scholar and collector Ferdinand Franz Wallraf (1748-1824).
The Cologne merchant Johann Heinrich Richartz (1795-1861), who likewise gave his name to the museum, supported the first public museum building which was opened in 1861. After the destruction of the building in the Second World War the museum was housed in 1957 in a new building designed by Rudolf Schwarz and Josef Bernard.
After an interlude in a modern museum building between the Cathedral and the Rhine which from1986 housed both the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Museum Ludwig, at the beginning of 2001 the museum moved into a new building specially designed for the collection by Oswald Mathias Ungers. A “permanent loan


Wed 16:30 and Sun 11:30

Please call the Box Office +49-221-221 2 76 94


Friends of the museum (in german)