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“Exceptional gallery space in a maze of art”
Review of Kunstmuseum Bonn

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Ranked #11 of 74 things to do in Bonn
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Bonn, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
289 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Exceptional gallery space in a maze of art”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

The Kuntsmuseum along Bonn's Museum Mile consists of a series of galleries in which its permanent collection of post-modern and impressionist art is exceptionally well displayed, and areas are given over to short-term exhibitions of various media. What we found particularly pleasing and exciting were: (1) the building design, which provides for wide open spaces in which pieces are displayed; (2) the gallery staff's deliberate effort to engage the visitor by providing a sheet of information to the entrance of each gallery room on which some information on the featured artist is provided, along with some insight into his/her philosophical perspective, all of which are in both German and English; and (3) areas devoted to new and upcoming artists in a variety of media. We visited on a Sunday when the crowds were small. Nevertheless, the KunstPolizei were out in force, with a security "guard" at one of the entrances to each room. We were kept "under surveillance" quite extensively, but found these individuals to be personable, obscure when taking photographs of any piece (without flash, of course), and helpful with answering our questions. To insure that we saw all the exhibits, one of the guards directed us to the rooms on the 2nd floor and told us how many rooms could be visited. There is no museumplan for the building, which leaves you to wander in whichever direction you choose, ultimately "finding" all of the treasures on display.

We ate lunch at the Cafe, and found the food to be well prepared, savory, and diverse. There is a taglish menu that changes daily, along with a set menu of salads, quiches, and German fare. Prices in the Cafe were no different than in other parts of the city, and the service was good. Our waitress easily moved from German to English as the need arose.

Viewing the museum exhibits takes at least 2 hours as these are curated on the 3rd and 2nd floors of the building. Anyone who enjoys Kunst already knows that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." True, some of the works we found boring or mundane (even though one artist had just received the 2012 KunstPreis), but the majority of our time was well spent. Highly recommended for part of a day spent in Bonn.

4 Thank LopingianTravels
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rochester, new york
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“Interesting Museum-Great Limited Engagement Pixar Exhibit”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Kunstmuseum is located on the Museumsmeile and is easily accessible on the U-Bahn from downtown Bonn or from the opposite direction of Bad Godesberg. The building itself is worth seeing. The August Macke collection is large and there are numerous other impressionists represented. The highlight though is the special Pixar exhibit that chronicles the history of Pixar and all its feature films like Finding Nemo, Toy Story and the newest one, Brave. The exhibit is absolutely fascinating and suitable for all ages. I'm not sure how long it will be at the museum, so I highly recommend seeing it soon.

Visited September 2012
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Large Parts were Closed, but Cool Building”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

We travelled here from the centre of Bonn via the U-Bahn (Underground) which was very easy. We had a tourist day ticket obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Bonn, which is good value at 9 euros and covered you for 24 hours of travel within Bonn and also the museums/attractions were either free or reduced in price. The Bonn Kunst Museum ticket price was reduced by 50% and therefore it's less than 2 Euros. However, the Museum upstairs was closed. Some of the exhibits were interesting, but the main attraction is actually the building itself. The Museum is housed adjacent to other museums, so it's worth an afternoon to drift between the museums here on the Bonn 'Museum Mile'.

Visited June 2012
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“Great Macke Collection”
Reviewed January 6, 2011

This museum which is located on the Museumsmeile right beside the Bundeskunsthalle is architecturally interesting with a fantastic entrance hall and curved staircase up to the 1st floor. Although it houses many interesting works of art, my favourite is the collection of works by August Macke and the Rhenish Impressionists. A guided tour here makes the exhibition come to life and is highly recommended. The paintings are presented beautifully and there is ample space to view them from near and afar.
Downstairs the cafe offers a good variety of food and beverages and there are tables outside in summer.

Visited October 2010
5 Thank montemaranne
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