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Fascinating museum

Really interesting and thought-provoking experience, with a different, more critical point of view... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Benny C
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Global and rightly so

This museum shows cultures from all over the world, with comments mostly about the relation of... read more

Reviewed June 17, 2018
Chittagong City, Bangladesh
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A rice storage hut and and a full Javanese gamelan greet you at this unique museum that aims to unite humanity across cultures and gives visitors an opportunity to explore their own prejudices and preconceived notions. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Caecilienstr. 29-33, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 221 22131301
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Really interesting and thought-provoking experience, with a different, more critical point of view than other anthropological museums I have visited. Varied exhibits and informative audio guide available in English. Would be of interest to adults and children alike.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Benny C
Reviewed July 15, 2018

I bought a ticket and then proceeded to enter the museum but was then told to go to the cloakroom. Confused I did so. I had a small handbag with me that was just big enough to fit my phone, purse, keys, diary and passport...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Natasha S
Reviewed June 17, 2018

This museum shows cultures from all over the world, with comments mostly about the relation of Europeans with that "far-away" world. How we got to know the other parts of the world and how we, as Europeans, thought that "all that" was primitive and how...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank maintiendrai
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Really interesting museum. My 5 year old enjoyed looking at all the interesting artefacts. The staff were great, really friendly and went out of their way to show us certain exhibits. Spent a great couple of hours having a wander.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

It is the perfect museum to visit when you have 1.5-2h. The collection is not that big but still remains a good selection of different cultures, it is quite modern and the way some things are displayed is really interesting (even fun?). For both adults...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2017

The nicest part of the museum, one can see for free by just entering the building, namely the Indonesian house, which is really nice. The museum houses a collection of religious artefacts and art from different cultures and different continents. The quality of the collection...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Katrien S
Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

This was not quite what I expected, as it's an ethnography museum I expected it more to be about the history of Cologne through the ages. However it's more a collection of religious artefacts from different religions. It was still interesting though

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

This museum displays a nice collection of cultural items, collected from around the world. Many items go back a few centuries. I think it combines well with the Schnütgen museum in the same building.

Date of experience: July 2017
Reviewed July 7, 2017

A magic place where you walk through continents, civilisation and crafted art work. Absolute must and even nice with children.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Nicole M
Reviewed May 15, 2017

It's one of the highlights of Cologne along with the Roman Museum. The collection of artifacts is deeply diversed somehow analogical to the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam but definitely will stay with you for years in your memory. Sightseeing is not enough, to get better...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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