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Kolumba

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Address: Kolumbastrasse 4, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 (0)221 933193-0
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I'd go there for the architecture, not for the exhibitions

Great architecture by the well-known Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The exhibitions, however, may be a bit disappointing for most people. One doesn't really understand what the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great architecture by the well-known Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The exhibitions, however, may be a bit disappointing for most people. One doesn't really understand what the museum is about...

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A thrilling museum, combining modernity and historic artefacts and excavations in a most impressive way, both architecturally and artistically. One of the most exciting museums we have ever visited.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Kolumba museum has a yearly changing art exhibit that shows contemporary pieces along with church treasures in a very unique building. On the ground floor you can walk across an excavation site that shows old roman structures built over by two churches that have been added at later times. The reading room on the upper floor is such a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An unusual museum with a spiritual vibe and an eclectic mix of medieval and contemporary art. Very close to the 4711 building. A couple of minor complaints include the fact that no Engliah information was available, and every room has a different level threshold. I fell on the uneven floor in the atmospheric chapel area.

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Kolumba is a different type of museum which has traditional church art and some very modern art. The galleries are spacious. However the levels of some galleries are about 1 to 2 inches higher and one can fall easily if one is not careful. The museum should fix this. They can put reflective tape on the floor to make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Collection confronts hhistorical clerical artefacts with modern art. Building inkludes the remains of a destroyed church. The accustic is amazing! If you are a singer try the accustic in the northern tower with an echo up to 25 seconds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The intervention and respect of the remains of the old church and old buildings that were in the site was done really good by Peter Zumthor, this area is worth visiting. The exhibition in the upper floors of the building is kind of strange as contemporary art is mixed with old catholic art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I was very surprised by this building and its collection of modern art. From the outside, it very much stands apart frome the other buildings with its sleek white exterior. The highlight was the excavation around an old chapel (which can also be visited for free) offering very neat views of the old Gothic construction. The art itself is very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

St. Kolumba was the largest and one of he most important parishes in medieval Cologne. Archaeological excavatoins have revealed the remains of previous buildings. There is a lovely chapel and the museum offers a wonderful selection of modern art with the theme ""Playing by the Art". Our favorite exhibit was the "Sound-Space" composition. This museum is surrounded by a beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

For such a small space, Kolumba offers a lot, I am not a fan of most modern art, but the modern art displayed in Kolumba intrigued me. Worth visiting!

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