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Free admission for refugees from Ukraine

From 7 April 2022, refugees from Ukraine will have free admission to the Museum Schnütgen.

Українці та українці мають безкоштовний вхід до музеїв міста Кельна з "KölnTag" 07.04.22 за пред'явленням українського документа, що посвідчує особу. Це правило спочатку діє до 31.12.22.

All in all, the museums of the City of Cologne want to contribute to making people who had to flee Ukraine feel welcome in Cologne.

Currently, not only Cologne children and young people, but also all those who have a so-called Cologne Pass have free admission. This includes, for example, people who have a low income, receive social assistance or benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act. This regulation is now being extended to Ukrainian visitors in the spirit of cultural participation.

"Our museums stand for artistic and cultural freedom and should be open to all people in our city. Perhaps they can also be a place of protection for people fleeing war," says Stefan Charles, Head of the Department of Culture of the City of Cologne.

Corona recommendation for your visit

Vaccination ceritificates or negative covid tests are no longer needed to enter the museum. Since 1 June 2022, it is also no longer compulsory to wear a medical mask, but it is still recommended.

Please also support us in other areas of hygiene protection in keeping the risk of infection as low as possible.

Thank you very much!




Good news for annual ticket holders

As a gesture of goodwill in connection with corona-related closures, we are offering all annual ticket holders who purchased their annual tickets in 2019/2020 up to and including 15th June 2021 an extension of validity until 15th June 2022. This will be recognised unbureaucratically at the admission control.


Museum edition of the exhibition catalogue available

The exhibition "Arnt the sculptor of images - Master of animated sculptures" (25.6.-20.9.20) was accompanied by a catalogue in German published by Hirmer Verlag. The extensive and opulent monograph with 200 illustrations in colour contains not only essays and a catalogue of the exhibited works, but also an up-to-date complete index of the preserved works of Meister Arnt. The museum edition of the catalogue is available for 35 € in the Museum Schnütgen museum shop.
In addition, the museum's publishing house has an English language accompanying publication: "Arnt the sculptor of images, Master of animated sculptures. A companion to the exhibition" costs 10 €.

Arnt der Bilderschneider – Meister der beseelten Skulpturen, ed. by Guido de Werd and Moritz Woelk, with essays by Volker Hille, Reinhard Karrenbrock, Marc Peez, Karen Straub, Guido de Werd and Moritz Woelk and photographs by Stephan Kube, Marion Mennicken and others, Munich/Cologne 2020, 252 pages, 200 ill. in colour

Arnt the sculptor of images, Master of animated sculptures. A companion to the exhibition, written by Adam Stead on the basis of the exhibition catalogue, Cologne 2020, 60 pages


The Prophets have returned to the City Hall

Since Friday, July 12, 2019, the eight prophets are yet again standing on the north wall of the Hansa Hall in the historic city hall of Cologne. For conservation reasons, the originals – full-round medieval wooden figures - are exhibited in the Museum Schnütgen since 2012.
At the initiative of Lady Mayor Henriette Reker, replicas have now been made. These were manufactured by the Cologne Company Julius Fröbus GmbH by means of a 3D printing process. According to the latest standards, photographs of the originals were digitally converted into 3D models. The coloured surfaces of the newly made figures were designed by artists to resemble the present appearance of the originals.
Henriette Reker welcomed the "new" prophets together with Dr Moritz Woelk, director of the Museum Schnütgen, to the town hall. With the slogans on their banners, the prophets once again fulfil their function as representatives of moral guidelines for "good governance".


The Survey of the Collection

It is finally here: The new survey of the collection of the Museum Schnütgen offers a compact, chronological overview of the internationally famous, high-quality and multi-faceted collection of the museum. The volume presents 280 works from the various sections of the collection in an attractive manner and with the latest research findings.

Museum Schnütgen – A Survey of the Collection. Ed. by Moritz Woelk and Manuela Beer, Munich 2018,  472 pages, 443 ill. in colour