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Kolumba

Kolumbastrasse 4, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 (0)221 933193-0
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Ranked #12 of 87 Attractions in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Kolumbia was not on our list, but along our meandering path, we found a wall that looked like it was built on an ancient foundation. We meandered further, into the free section where we could see that archaeology revealed life back to Roman occupation. It lured us further into the section where we were willing to pay admission fees to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A beautifully crafted space on the ground floor, made out of the shell of an old cathedral is certainly worth the €5 entrance fee alone but once you are taken up the almost hidden stairs, the place really comes into its own with some wonderful pieces of art.

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Jarrow,England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Only 5 euro's to get in, so its a cheap way to fill a few hours, felt like we were being watched closely by the staff but this is only so they can advise you to watch your step entering different rooms as there is a little ledge that could lead to trips. Nice use of space but to be... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Kolumba is a highly specialized, indeed a conceptual, museum just outside the very center of Cologne. Designed by the noted Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor, I have to say that my reaction to the Kolumba is no doubt tainted by Zumthor's initial design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which was howled at by critics, as if... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The cathedral was badly damaged and renovated in modern way but still respect the traditional and old structure. Great design really.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Passing through Cologne and noticed this impressive building and had yo pay a visit. It's located on the site of the Colomba church and is an architectural wonder. The current exhibition is show cover hide. Shrine They have museum guides in English. It's €5 to enter. Really enjoyed both the art work and the rooms they're displayed in. Not cluttered... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We would have missed this gem had we not arrived in town for a one day stay and found it to be the only museum open in the city, and even then it was not crowded. We spent about two and a half hours and could have stayed longer. It is not your conventional museum. You have to enjoy intriguing... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Outstanding experience: the newish museum of the diocese of Cologne is well worth a (repeat) visit. The swiss architect P. Zumthor incorporates the remnants of the church St. Kolumba, which was heavily damaged in 2nd WW. The 1950ies chapel as well as the medieval basements of a number of former church buildings on this site are both powerful showcases of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

I was in and out of this small museum in less than an hour. It was the only museum open on Monday. Like a previous commenter, I expected more ancient artifacts, but there were mainly large open rooms with just a few items on display. Most of it was modern art, and not great modern art, in my opinion, such... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The Kolumba is a modernized museum with a piece of history. Go for the Roman ruins, but stay for the modern art, architectural marvel of a building, and experience of really a one of a kind museum. We visited on a Monday (where most museums in Germany are closed) and the museum was far from packed. Definitely a plus and... More

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