Volunteering at the Museum Schnütgen
Volunteers assist the museum in many ways. They give a friendly welcome to visitors, provide them out with any information they may need and make their stay at the museum a more pleasant one.
Work Group Tours
Our Work Group Tours can look back on a long tradition that spans over thirty years. Its members have at least one thing in common: a special interest in the art of the Middle Ages and the museum’s collections. Work group members are constantly furthering their knowledge about the museum’s artworks through presentations and internal guided tours, some of them conducted by the curators of the museum. This helps them prepare the free guided tours that they regularly conduct for members of the public. The work group also organises trips to other cities, museums and exhibitions.
The work group’s public tours are held every Wednesday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., as well as on every second Thursday in the month at 6 p.m. Additional tours are offered for special exhibitions.
Contact: Paul Georg Wachten p.wachten[at]aol.de
Work Group Visitor Information
Since it opened its doors in 2010, volunteers have staffed the joint reception area for visitors in the new annexe of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and the Museum Schnütgen. The members of this work group provide visitors with any information they may need and also rent out the audioguides for both museums.
Contact during the opening times of the museum: Tel. +49 (0)221 221 31355
Work Group Museum Shop
The museum shop offers visitors many beautiful and unusual items and books. It is jointly run by the friends’ associations of both museums, the Museumsgesellschaft RJM (RJM Museum Society) and the Friends of the Museum Schnütgen.
The men and women who keep the shop open and help visitors make their selections, do so on a volunteer basis.
Contact: Katharina Krebs
Work Group Garden
When the new museum building was built, a small garden was planted on the northern side of the Church of St. Cecilia that can be accessed from the exhibition rooms of the Museum Schnütgen. Since the early period, when St. Cecilia was a home for elderly gentlewomen, this space has had a variety of functions, from cemetery and cloister to kitchen garden. Today’s garden was designed as a “Lustgarten”, or pleasure garden, a place for rest and leisure, and has been planted with a number of species known from medieval gardens and artworks.
A volunteer work group under the direction of former museum director Prof Dr Westermann-Angerhausen is responsible for planting and taking care of the garden.
Contact via the museum office:
+49 (0)221 221 22310 or