Vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion

Due to con­struc­tion works: Mu­se­um Lud­wig closed from Fe­bruary 3-17, 2015

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig has to re­main closed due to con­struc­tio­n­al mea­sures from Fe­bruary 3 to 17, 2015. The Mu­se­um will be open again as of Wed­nes­day, Fe­bruary 18, 2015.

Our res­tau­rant, the li­brary and the Film Fo­rum will re­main open as usu­al.

We apol­o­gize for the in­con­ve­nience and thank you for your un­der­s­tand­ing.

South entrance close

Vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion

South en­trance closed due to con­struc­tion site

through Fe­bruary 2015
Please use the North en­trance (on the train sta­tion side) and the Film­fo­rum en­trance.

Due to re­fur­bish­ments mea­sures car­ried out on the fore­court be­tween the Mu­se­um Lud­wig and the Ro­mano-Ger­man­ic Mu­se­um, the en­trance to our mu­se­um on the side fac­ing the old town will be closed from Novem­ber 24th un­til mid Fe­bruary 2015. You can still use the small en­trance to the Film­fo­rum or the en­trance on the side of the train sta­tion. We apol­o­gize for the in­con­ve­nience.

Alibis: Sigmar Polke. Retrospective


Al­i­bis: Sig­mar Polke. Ret­ro­spec­tive

March 14–Ju­ly 5, 2015

Af­ter New York and Lon­don it is now com­ing to Cologne: The ret­ro­spec­tive of Sig­mar Polke open­ing at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig on March 14, 2015 is the first in over fif­teen years and al­so the first since the artist’s death. Polke (born 1941 Oels, Sile­sia [now Oleśni­­ca, Po­­land], died 2010 Cologne,) was one of the most im­­por­­tant artists in re­­cent de­­cades and based in Cologne for over thir­­ty years. Show­ing his work in the Rhine­­land ci­­ty in which they were cre­at­ed lends it spe­­cial rel­e­­vance. The ex­hi­bi­­tion brings to­gether rough­­ly 250 works, many of them nev­er shown be­­fore in Ger­­many more


An­drea Bütt­n­er. 2

Septem­ber 5, 2014–March 15, 2015

The art of An­­drea Büt­t­n­er lies in shift­ing the un­no­ticed in­­­to the light. She will de­­mon­s­­trate this in an ex­hi­bi­­tion that she has de­vel­oped for the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. For near­­ly a de­­cade now the artist has in­­vesti­­gat­ed con­­cepts load­­ed with re­li­­gious and cul­­tu­r­al mean­ing, such as pover­­ty, shame, and char­i­­ty in her videos, wood­­cuts, pho­­to­­graphs, and ob­­jects more

Ex­tend­ed Thurs­day

Ex­tend­ed Thurs­day

On the first Thurs­­day of ev­ery month un­til 10 p.m.

There are days that are just dif­fer­­ent from others: more in­­ter­est­ing, more en­joy­able, more ex­c­it­ing. En­joy live con­certs, cabaret, artist talks, tours, kunst:dialoge, the­ater, read­­ings, dance, film, and per­­for­­mances.

Vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion

Open­ing Hours Over The Holi­days

Over Christ­mas and New Year, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is open at the fol­low­ing times:
De­cem­ber 26–29, 2013: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed on De­cem­ber 24, 25, 31, 2013 and Jan­uary 1, 2014



Video, Au­dio, Slideshows

Watch trail­ers of our ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­grams, doc­u­men­ta­tion of past events, and slideshows about all ar­eas of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig in our Me­diathek more


Are there an­i­mals in heav­en?

Bar­bara Kruger has de­signed a bus for Cologne

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig and the KVB, Cologne's public tran­s­port com­pany, have in­vit­ed Bar­bara Kruger to de­sign a bus that will tour the ci­ty from De­cem­ber 5th on more