Tickets + Opening Hours

Coro­na Reg­u­la­tions

The vac­­ci­­nat­ed-re­­cov­­ered-rule (“2G-Regel”) ap­­plies at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Please have proof of vac­­ci­­na­­tion or past il­l­­ness and a valid iden­ti­­fi­­ca­­tion doc­u­­ment ready.

The so­cial me­dia chan­nels on Face­book, In­s­ta­gram and Twit­ter will in­form you about last minute changes. You will find all fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on events in our cal­en­dar.

For your own safe­ty and for the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one, on­ly come to the Mu­se­um Lud­wig if you feel healthy. We look for­ward to your vis­it!

Open­ing Hours

Tues­day to Sun­day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Mon­­days
Ev­ery first Thurs­day of the month: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Ex­tend­ed open­ing hours for the Pi­cas­so ex­hi­bi­tion
Tues­day to Sun­day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed on De­cem­ber 24th and 31st, 2021 and Jan­uary 1st, 2022.


Adults: €13 plus ad­vance book­ing fees
 €8.50 € plus ad­vance book­ing fees
Kids + Teens up to 18 years of age: free ad­mis­sion
Groups: €9 per per­son (min­i­mum 20 peo­ple)
Peo­ple with 50% de­gree of dis­a­bil­i­ty and above: €6.50 plus ad­vance book­ing fees

First Thurs­day of the month**: €7 af­ter 5 p.m. (free ad­mis­sion for Cologne in­hab­i­tants)

Dis­counts and spe­cial prices

Free ad­mis­sion

To the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion and all spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions

  • Chil­dren and young peo­ple up to 18 years old
  • Schoolchil­dren (in­di­vi­d­u­al­ly)
  • Stu­dents in school class­es, in­clud­ing two ac­com­pany­ing per­sons per class
  • Hold­ers of the Kün­stlerkarte für Köl­n­er Kün­stler*in­nen
  • Ar­ti­sans
  • Art his­to­ry stu­dents en­rolled at a uni­ver­si­ty in Cologne or Bonn 
  • Refugees, plus one ac­com­pany­ing per­son
  • Hold­ers of the Förderkarte der Museen der Stadt Köln
  • Cologne resi­dents on their birth­day
  • Hold­ers of the Köln-Pass
  • Mem­bers of the fol­low­ing as­so­ci­a­tions: 
    • Fre­unde des Wall­raf-Richartz-Mu­se­um und Mu­se­um Lud­wig e.V.
    • Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig e.V.
    • In­ter­na­tio­n­al Coun­cil of Mu­se­ums (ICoM) 
    • Ver­band Deutsch­er Kun­sthis­torik­er e.V.
    • Deutsch­er Mu­se­ums­bund e.V.
    • Bun­desver­band Mu­se­um­späd­a­gogik e.V.  

*Re­duced price for

  • Uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents
  • Trai­nees
  • Peo­ple on mil­i­tary or fed­er­al vol­un­tary ser­vice 
  • Mem­bers of the Ver­band Bil­den­der Kün­stler (in Ger­many and in­ter­na­tio­n­al­ly) 
  • Mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tio­nale Ge­sellschaft der Bil­den­den­den Kün­ste 
  • Youth lead­ers in vol­un­teer or­gani­za­tions
  • Vol­un­teers with proof 

**Late Night Thurs­day (Once a month: on ev­ery first Thurs­­day)

  • For Cologne re­si­­dents: free ad­mis­­sion from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dis­­­coun­t­ed ad­mis­­sion for ev­ery­one else from 5 p.m. on —for on­­ly €7

Tick­ets for stu­dents in school class­es (in­clud­ing vo­ca­tio­n­al schools)

Free ad­mis­sion to the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion and all spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions (in­clud­ing two ac­com­pany­ing per­sons per class)

Dis­count for peo­ple with se­vere dis­a­bil­i­ties

Peo­ple with se­vere dis­a­bil­i­ties (50% de­gree of dis­a­bil­i­ty and above) re­ceive a 50% dis­count on the cur­rent full ad­mis­sion price. Please show your dis­a­bil­i­ty card at the tick­et desk.


Köl­n­Card hold­ers en­joy a 20% dis­count on ad­mis­sion to all mu­ni­ci­pal mu­se­ums in Cologne.


The Mu­se­um­Card in­cludes ad­mis­sion to all mu­ni­ci­pal mu­se­ums in Cologne on two consecu­tive open­ing days. 

  • Sin­gle Mu­se­um­Card: €18.00 
  • Fam­i­ly Mu­se­um­Card: €30.00

An­nu­al tick­et to the Cologne mu­ni­ci­pal mu­se­ums

The an­nu­al tick­et al­lows you to en­joy art and cul­ture as of­ten as you like. For twelve months, six days a week, you can vis­it all nine mu­ni­ci­pal mu­se­ums in Cologne and the Archae­o­log­i­cal Zone.

Per­ma­nent col­lec­tions and spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions
Adults: €90.00
Re­duced: €68.00 

Per­ma­nent col­lec­tions with­out spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions
Adults: €45.00
Re­duced: €34.00

More in­for­ma­tion on the an­nu­al tick­et to the Cologne mu­ni­ci­pal mu­se­ums is avai­l­able here.  

Thalys Part­n­er Ben­e­fit

Vis­i­tors can en­joy re­duced ad­mis­sion up­on pre­sen­ta­tion of a Thalys tick­et at the tick­et desk.

All prices are sub­ject to change.