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Extended opening hours from 8 to 20 September 2020

The exhibition "Arnt the sculptor of images – Master of animated sculptures" will be open daily from 8 to 20 September until 8 pm (closed on Mondays).

Director Moritz Woelk encourages all those who have hesitated to visit the exhibition so far: "A visit to the spacious, well air-conditioned exhibition is pleasant and relaxing even when wearing a mask. The extended opening hours ensure that visitors are distributed even more evenly".



The doodling book for the exhibition about Master Arnt

With the free doodling book, children can discover the works of Master Arnt in a creative way. Simply pick up the booklet and crayons at the museum's ticket office before entering the exhibition.
Then you can get started: Look for the right objects, compare, paint and marvel. A recurring spot of colour in the exhibition will help you in your search.

At the end there's even a little surprise!


The mobile app for the special exhibition "Arnt the sculptor of images“

The app contains all didactic texts of the exhibition and all objects on display. It is available in German and English and can be used for preparing for and following up on a visit to the exhibition.
Above all, it helps during a visit to the exhibition because visitors can read the texts and signs comfortably on their own devices and in compliance with the rules concerning minimum distance.

For an optimal display, please add the page to your home screen.
Choose the three dots icon and click "add to home screen".Close the browser and open the page with the new icon.
Tap the icon at the top right and choose from the list "Add to Homescreen". Close the browser and open the page with the new icon.


Museum edition of the exhibition catalogue now available

The exhibition "Arnt the sculptor of images - Master of animated sculptures" (25.6.-20.9.20) is 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 €.
Please send your orders to:

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 new 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