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“Fine display of both classical and 20th-century objects”

Museum of Applied Art (Museum fur Angewandte Kunst)
Ranked #58 of 273 things to do in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: See the fine work of craftspeople from across Europe. Art by goldsmiths and textile designers, graphic designers, photographers and furniture makers is all featured here. Every first Sunday of the month, the museum opens its doors for art and breakfast, from 10 a.m. Generally open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., first Thursday of the month until 10 p.m.
Reviewed April 25, 2013

The museum displays an impressive range of mediaeval, renaissance, baroque and classical art objects (furniture, glass, gems, etc.). The ground level holds a nice collection of 20th-century design objects with about any archetypical milestone, such as the red-blue chair by Rietveld and the seats by Mies van der Rohe. Also many industrial-design objects, such as vacuum cleaners and radios as we have known them earlier in life. When objects one has known and used start to appear in a museum, we must be getting old...

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Everywhere in the museums there is a lecturer teaching a big group of eager listeners. (The germans seem real culture vultures)
That is irritating after a few museums. But we decided to go on and it was, again, very worthwile.Beautiful objects, both modern as well as very ancient ones.

Thank diana56
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

a collection of design from long ago till now, where do you find this? really well preserved furniture, glaas, cutlery and so on and the famous designers of our time. and you can find this all in this building. really recommended.

Thank Auguste G
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

First off, I am really surprised that this is not rated as a "Top 10 Attraction" in Cologne. This is a great, mid-sized museum that can easily fill half of a day, and I believe it rivals the other major art museums in the city.

I have never been to a museum that focuses on how design influences products and our daily surroundings. It kind of sounds boring, and the outside of the museum building even appears drab, but the quality and variety of artifacts in the museum are fantastic. There is everything from 1950's Soviet era radios, original Tiffany glass, F. H. Ehmcke posters, Eames chairs, and countless piece of historical furniture, silverworks and jewelry. All the exhibits are tied together nicely with timelines and descriptions.

I do have two MINOR complaints about the museum. One is that the lighting of some of the displays is inadequate (too dark in certain places). Two is that the gift shop is rather limited in its selection of posters or replica artifacts.

Bottom line.... if you are interested in creativity, history and beautiful objects then definitely go check out this great place!

Thank RogerWilco
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our expectations were fairly low going into this museum but I was surprised at how interesting the exhibits were. Beautiful ceramics, furniture, household objects etc., by European craftsmen were all presented in the order in which they were made and in style. The photos and accompanying descriptions of each decade and year, and the major events happening in those years, were placed along the walls in the museum in chronological order and gave a very interesting account of what was happening in the world as the years went by. The objects on display, whether crafts, inventions, utensils, etc. were displayed in the middle of the rooms adjacent to the photo series on the walls describing the period in which the objects were created. Nicely done.

Thank travelingbarb2-2
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