Museum Ludwig
Museum Ludwig
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This art museum houses a diverse collection that includes everything from Dali to Warhol to one of the world's largest Picasso collections. Open Tuesday to Sunday (including public holidays) from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., every first Thursday of the month until 10 p.m.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Altstadt-Nord
How to get there
  • Koln Central Station • 4 min walk
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  • ubud138
    Munich, Germany106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum, interesting art, thoughtful displays
    great museum, a lot to see and well structured and explained . free entrance for kids until 18 😀. pay attention to the mural in the stairs, a scalding critic of german/ european banks ans colonialismus. the exhibition was not my taste but the rest of the museum was great
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Suzanne L
    Washington DC, District of Columbia85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Modern Art Museum. A Must See!
    This museum’s collection of contemporary art is spectacular and well worth spending a couple of hours. They have one of the largest collections of Picassos and a dazzling array of other artists’ works. I had dinner in the museum’s restaurant which has a lovely outdoor courtyard and a very interesting menu. Highly recommend a visit if you love modern art!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Cathy M
    United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get here early to enjoy the faboulous building as well as the art.
    We managed to get here just as the doors opened which was perfect as the space is exceptional and lovely to experience as you walk around the exhibitions. The works are well spaced and there's plenty of room to stand back and really appreciate what you are seeing. Fantastic exhibitions of works that I'm not familiar with as well as a good few favourites.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Rarelyafive
    156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see in Cologne.
    A very modern building exhibiting a panoply of works from 1900 on. Particularly interesting is the display of Ukrainian art pre- and post the breakup of the USSR. Included are modern pop-art works.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Tour53322881057
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for Sundays
    This is a very comprehensive modern art museum. The price is only 11€ that I considered very fair when you can spend 25 in other type of tourist attraction. It is perfect for a rainy day or if you staying during Sunday in Germany where many things are closed that day. You will not be disappointed!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Susan O
    New Hope, Pennsylvania65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive collection in a great space
    Impressive and large collection displayed in a great space. There are high ceilings, large galleries, and lots of light. The architecture is quite interesting. We did not expect such a world-class museum in Cologne. Definitely worth the time to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Anne M
    Canberra, Australia557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible permanent collection
    We didn’t know about this Museum as all emphasis is on Koln Cathedral. I highly recommend this gem of a find as we enjoyed every floor, room and rooftop views. We timed our visit for a special Ukrainian exhibition. Quite moving and a must see. The rooftop views provided a chance to see the Koln Cathedral from a different viewpoint. The architecture inside was just as exciting to see as the artworks. I’m a lover of both and even my husband was impressed with its permanent collection. We highly recommend this museum as a must do in your top 3 things to do in Cologne.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Jonathan G
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected find
    We were in Cologne on a rainy Sunday, and our tour guide mentioned the Ludwig, which is right behnd the Cathedral and next to the train station. It was quite an unexpected find! There was an impressive collection of world-renowned modern artists, including Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Segal, and Modrian, among others. So glad we heard about it!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Drumraine
    Dublin, Ireland274 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to Be Missed
    We can’t say enough about experience here. Great use of space; every piece on display was within its own area. Not crowded, ala The Louvre. We came especially for the Picasso/Cubist display and were not disappointed! Good signage. Clear explanations in German and English. Views of the river from the roof terrace were spectacular!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 December 2023
  • tim b
    Bude, United Kingdom41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum attached to a crap restaurant
    A wonderful museum offering great space and light. Perfect for those who,prefer a more modern approach. But if you want the surliest and rudest people in Cologne then look no further than the restaurant. A worse collection of miserably terse people would be difficult to find. And they can curse in English too
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 December 2023
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Johnny19039
Dusseldorf, Germany2,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We had a great time at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. It's a wonderful place to see some of the most amazing works of modern art. We especially enjoyed the paintings by Picasso, Warhol and Lichtenstein. The museum is very spacious and well-organized, and the staff are friendly and helpful. The audio guide was very informative and easy to use. I learned a lot about the history and context of the artworks. The museum also has a nice cafe and a gift shop where you can buy some souvenirs. I would definitely recommend the Ludwig Museum to anyone who loves modern art. However, if you are not into this kind of art, you might find it boring or confusing. It's not a museum for everyone, but for those who appreciate it, it's a fantastic experience.
Written 21 January 2024
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,31,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
If you're into your arts and in particular modern art then Museum Ludwig is a must go destination.
Housed in a wonderful looking building, the displays are fascinating particularly the Picasso pieces ,signage in both German and English and well laid out and staff here are lovely, there's also a terrace area for great views of the River Rhine and thers a cafe bar attached to the museum ,if you're in the area its a museum to most definitely check out and easy to locate along Bischofsgartenstraße.
Written 4 January 2024
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Karen M
52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We debated between 4 or 5 stars. Enjoyed our visit, there is plenty to see with a wide range of modern art including Picasso. Lovely spacious building. Centrally located near the Cathedral. Cafe experience was a bit disappointing.
Written 16 December 2023
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tim b
Bude, UK41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A wonderful museum offering great space and light. Perfect for those who,prefer a more modern approach. But if you want the surliest and rudest people in Cologne then look no further than the restaurant. A worse collection of miserably terse people would be difficult to find. And they can curse in English too
Written 14 December 2023
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Drumraine
Dublin, Ireland274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We can’t say enough about experience here. Great use of space; every piece on display was within its own area. Not crowded, ala The Louvre. We came especially for the Picasso/Cubist display and were not disappointed! Good signage. Clear explanations in German and English. Views of the river from the roof terrace were spectacular!
Written 2 December 2023
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Christine H
Irmo, SC31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Yes there is a large Picasso exhibit but 75% of the rest left us wondering how it’s displayed in a museum (random Legos on the floor, twisted wire and silk flowers thrown on a board).

We understand that Art is subjective but it wasn’t our cup of tea.
Written 30 November 2023
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Jonathan G
Olney, Maryland, United States15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We were in Cologne on a rainy Sunday, and our tour guide mentioned the Ludwig, which is right behnd the Cathedral and next to the train station. It was quite an unexpected find! There was an impressive collection of world-renowned modern artists, including Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Segal, and Modrian, among others. So glad we heard about it!
Written 14 November 2023
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Anne M
Canberra, Australia557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We didn’t know about this Museum as all emphasis is on Koln Cathedral. I highly recommend this gem of a find as we enjoyed every floor, room and rooftop views. We timed our visit for a special Ukrainian exhibition. Quite moving and a must see. The rooftop views provided a chance to see the Koln Cathedral from a different viewpoint. The architecture inside was just as exciting to see as the artworks. I’m a lover of both and even my husband was impressed with its permanent collection. We highly recommend this museum as a must do in your top 3 things to do in Cologne.
Written 21 October 2023
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Susan O
New Hope, PA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Impressive and large collection displayed in a great space. There are high ceilings, large galleries, and lots of light. The architecture is quite interesting. We did not expect such a world-class museum in Cologne. Definitely worth the time to visit.
Written 19 September 2023
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Tour53322881057
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a very comprehensive modern art museum. The price is only 11€ that I considered very fair when you can spend 25 in other type of tourist attraction. It is perfect for a rainy day or if you staying during Sunday in Germany where many things are closed that day. You will not be disappointed!
Written 14 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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