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Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Graphisches Kabinett, © Wallraf-Richartz-Museum

Art Mu­seums


Cul­tur­al centres show­ing paint­ings, sculp­tures and pho­to­graphs by the hands of mas­ters

Artists such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Picasso and Beuys are immortalised at the most well-loved art museums in the state. Establishments such as Museum Folkwang, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and Museum Ludwig present key works by the most influential painters, sculptors and photographers in their exhibitions. Art lovers and newcomers can look forward to an inspiring journey through the ages and styles on a tour. And at most of the establishments, the architecture itself is an artwork worth visiting.

Please note that interested parties should check the websites of the museums to see whether dates and opening times have changed. There you will usually find information on behavioral requirements, access limits and hygiene measures as well. 

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Schloss Moyland ist ein Wasserschloss bei Bedburg-Hau, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Moy­land Castle in Bed­burg-Hau


Since its res­tor­a­tion in the 1990s the neo-goth­ic wa­ter castle is a sig­ni­fic­ant mu­seum for mod­ern and con­tem­por­ary art. Be­sides oth­ers the found­a­tion mu­seum Schloss Moy­land pos­sesses the world’s largest col­lec­tion of art works from Joseph Beuys and is a re­search centre of in­ter­na­tion­al de­gree. Moreover his­tor­ic­al gar­dens stretch around the castle at the Lower Rhine.

Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Außenansicht, © Anne Orthen
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Kun­st­palast Düs­sel­dorf


The rooms dis­play graph­ic gems, paint­ings from sev­er­al cen­tur­ies, treas­ures from the Düs­sel­dorf School of Paint­ing, icons of pho­to­graph­ic his­tory and ex­cep­tion­al craft and design art as well as im­port­ant glass art. Im­press­ive sculp­tures astound the view­ers. Mu­sic lov­ers get their money’s worth at the Kam­merkonzertsaal.

Kunstsammlung NRW, Dauerausstellung Tomás Saraceno : In Orbit im K21, © Kunstsammlung NRW/Studio Tomas Saraceno
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Kun­st­sammlung NRW in Düs­sel­dorf


The ex­hib­i­tion ven­ues K20, K21 and F3 Schmela Haus, known as “place of art”, “place of artists” and “place of dis­cus­sions”, in Düs­sel­dorf ex­hib­it art works of clas­sic­al mod­ern and con­tem­por­ary art. The K21 at the Ständehaus primar­ily of­fers room for tem­por­ary ex­hib­i­tions.

Paintings at the Pablo Picasso Art Museum in Münster, © Joachim Busch
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Pablo Pi­cas­so Art Mu­seum in Mün­ster


The art mu­seum Pablo Pi­cas­so in Mün­ster is the first and only Pi­cas­so mu­seum in Ger­many. Be­hind lis­ted build­ing facades midst Mün­sters old town, it ac­com­mod­ates more than 800 litho­graphs of Pi­cas­so, in its unity a world­wide one-off col­lec­tion.

Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal Außenansicht, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013
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Von der Hey­dt-Mu­seum Wup­per­tal


The in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­seum at­tracts art lov­ers with its large col­lec­tion that is presen­ted in dif­fer­ent sec­tions. The col­lec­tion in­cludes art from the 1st mil­len­ni­um up to the present age. It fo­cuses on im­pres­sion­ism, ex­pres­sion­ism and the twen­ties.

Bundeskunsthalle Bonn Ansicht © Peter Oszvald Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, © Peter Oszvald Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
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Bundeskun­sthalle in Bonn


Liv­ing cul­ture and pro­mot­ing cul­tur­al ex­change: The Art and Ex­hib­i­tion Hall of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many serves an of­fi­cial func­tion. The fa­cil­ity shows up to four ex­hib­i­tions sim­ul­tan­eously. The es­tab­lish­ment also of­fers high-qual­ity events, me­dia con­fer­ences and con­certs.

Museum Folkwang Essen, Chipperfield Neubau, © Giorgio Pastore
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Mu­seum Folk­wang in Es­sen


Once known as the “pret­ti­est mu­seum for mod­ern art”, the mu­seum Folk­wang still counts as one of the most renowned Ger­man art mu­seums. The sig­ni­fic­ant col­lec­tion of the house in­cludes among oth­ers works of Céz­anne, van Gogh or Manet. Top-class tem­por­ary ex­hib­i­tions com­ple­ment the rep­er­toire.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Lochner, Muttergottes in der Rosenlaube, © Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
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Wallraf-Richartz Mu­seum & Fond­a­tion Cor­boud in Co­logne


The large ex­hib­i­tion presents European art span­ning a total of 700 years. In three them­at­ic sec­tions, vis­it­ors can fa­mil­i­ar­ise them­selves with works dat­ing from the Me­di­ev­al and Baroque peri­ods in art, as well as Im­pres­sion­ism and Mod­ern­ism. Mas­ters such as Rem­brandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Dürer and Lieber­mann are rep­res­en­ted.

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Das Museum Ludwig bei Nacht von Außen, © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln
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Mu­seum Lud­wig in Co­logne

Zeiss Planetarium Bochum, Außenansicht mit Schriftzug, © Stadt Bochum Presse und Informationsamt Planetarium
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Zeiss Plan­et­ari­um in Bo­chum

Die Ausstellung im Neanderthal Museum erklärt den Lebensalltag der Urmenschen, © Neanderthal Museum / M.Pietrek
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Neander­th­al Mu­seum in Mettmann

Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum, Innenansicht, Zeitstrahl mit wichtigen Ereignissen, © Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum
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Ger­man Sports & Olympics Mu­seum Co­logne