Cities & Culture

Romano-Germanic Museum Cologne

This impressive museum takes a vivid look at how Cologne became a city under Roman law and the capital of the Roman province of Lower Germania.

The Romano-Germanic Museum boasts an exhibition space of around 4,500 square metres, featuring artefacts spanning more than 100,000 years of settlement in the Rhineland area from the Paleolithic period to the Early Middle Ages. The archaeological heritage of Cologne and the surrounding area is kept safe here as part of a unique display. Discoveries from prehistory to the Early Middle Ages track the city's development and significance over the centuries.

The museum provides an insight into Roman life in the city and is even home to the world's largest collection of Roman glass vessels. The museum building has been constructed on the foundations of the Roman villa discovered here in 1941 along with the world-famous Dionysus mosaic. The oldest relics in the museum paint a picture of hunter-gatherers roaming through the Rhineland during the Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods. Stone tools, weapons and hand-made ceramic vessels are also on display at the museum, revealing even more about how people lived almost 8,000 years ago. Opening times: Wednesday to Monday: 10 am–6 pm

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