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“Excellent collection, a bit pricy”

Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Ranked #5 of 268 things to do in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This impressive museum houses artwork covering every genre from the 13th century through the 19th century.
Reviewed December 20, 2012

The admission charge was on the high side, but the collection was excellent and well worth seeing. I saw the 100th anniversary exhibition of a modernist exhibit which was great, and included Van Gogh, Picasso, and lots of others. There were some very interesting medieval pieces as well, especially from Cologne.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Who decides what, when and why art is modern? The Wallraf shows how up-to-date and relevant European art from the 13th century to the beginning of the 20th century still is. So visitors to the medieval colection can admire the world-famous "Madonna in the rose bower" and in addition a very modern hanging of the St Ursula legend. The fifteen panels from the middle of the 15th century are lined up like a comic and in this way tell the story of the fate of St Ursula and the eleven thousand virgins.

On the second floor above all two masters of their art impress: the great Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and the most important Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn.

On the third floor Cologne's first museum presents its numerous masterpieces by van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Ensor and Munch. Germany's most comprehensive collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist art is hung in the main hall in two rows one above the other, as was usual at the time of the Impressionists.

The Wallraf's permanent collection has unique spotlights, harmonious wall colours, innovative educational methods and the chronological, theme-based presentation go perfectly with the paintings, sculptures and drawings. There are very informative explanations in both English and German, outlining the context and elements of each different art style.

I would recommend visiting this art museum which brings together 700 years of highly topical art under one roof. The collection is very diverse, but is a manageable size to absorb and ponder, without the massive crowds of other more famous art museums. I spent three hours here.

You will find the building designed by star architect Ungers in the middle of the old town in Cologne, not far from the main station.

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

The museum had a "re-enactment" of a 1912 exposition withe some of the impressionists of the time. They tried to replicate the exposition and it was very well done. They even tried to put the (same) paintings in the same order they were then.
Excellent Impressionists collection with 5 Monet, a few Renoir, Pissaro, and a lot of Cezanne. Very impressive.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

There is a great variety, from Middle Ages to early 20th century, including the ever-popular Van Gogh, and the current exhibition, unfortunately soon to end, is exceptional. The central position close to the Cathedral and the many multi-storey garages and restaurants nearby also make it a very convenient place to visit.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

As regular museum-goers we loved this gallery, especially the lower ground floor exhibition. However, two things spoiled our experience: firstly, the museum does not accept foreign credit cards. Given that we are visitors from the UK, another EU state, we don't understand why this is the case. Secondly, the museum has an extreme policy when it comes to bags. You can't take anything in which is bigger in dimensions than an IPad. We came on our last day in Cologne, which meant that we were carrying quite a few valuable items that I was extremely distressed to part with, including my handbag. We wouldn't have minded had there been luggage lockers with keys, but bags had to be deposited with coats in a cloakroom which did not look secure. I was very worried that my stuff would be stolen or accidentally given to someone else.

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