Info in English

On the Night of Museums, 2nd November 2019, will be an english information point at the entrance of Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum!

Cologne Night of Museums – 2nd November 2019

We are beyond happy that this years edition of Cologne Night of Museum is our 20th anniversary! For 20 years the Stadtrevue Verlag and the City of Cologne coorperate to organise this very unique festival of art and culture in cologne. Use the chance to visit the big museums, open studios or discover one of the smaller urban places during the night. Visit more than 200 events at 50 selected locations all over cologne with just one ticktet!
Step into a cultural journey through one of europes most vibrant cities, find your new favourite spots and enjoy a night full of art and culture!

During the event we are glad to provide an english info-point right at Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. English speaking staff will help you plan your night!

Take a look at our english manual »How to do Night of Museums«


The Cologne Night of Museums starts at 7 p.m. in every participating museum. They will close at 2 a.m., but the night is not over by then. Cologne Night of the Museums hosts a legendary aftershowparty at stadtgarten! For further information see „Stadtgarten“ at our recommended locations below.

By purchasing ONE Ticket for 20 € you have access to all events and museums during the night:

  • Pre-sale has started: at all participating venues, via and at Köln Ticket agencies.
  • Box office on 02.11.2019: €20 € at all participating locations and at the Museumsnacht information desk at Roncalliplatz and at Neumarkt

Guided Tours: Cologne Night of Museums offers a varitey of english guided tours. Please see below for further informations. Watch out for the arrow in our program booklet for any guided tour!

Concerts: Everyone, no matter what language they speak, can visit the 26 concerts and six DJ sets. Watch out for the keynote and the headphones in our program booklet.

Readings: For those who want to challenge their german skills can visit the 15 readings. Watch out for the speech-bubble in our program booklet.

Screenings: Enjoy a movie with english subtitles at the Japanisches Kulturinstitut. Please see below for further informations. Watch out for the film role in our program booklet.

Theater performances as well as 24 interactive events can be visited based upon your level of german.


Still, everyone is welcome to attend any event that they would like to visit besides any language barriers!



Museum Ludwig
9.15 p.m. »Simply the best!«
Guided tour in English with Celeste Pfahler through the museums permanent collection.

8.30 p.m. »People in Their Worlds: A Tour of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum«
Guided tour in English with Mira Parthasarathy - Meeting point: Entrance to the exhibition

Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus
9 p.m. General guided tour in English
(registration in advance is required until the 29th of october 2019)

Akademie der Künste der Welt
9 p.m. Guided Tour in english

Japanisches Kulturinstitut
11 p.m. »Every Day a good Day«
A Movie about traditional japanese tea-ceremonies with english subtitles


Any visitor is welcome to visit every location as every one of them will be open with an exhibition that requires no language skills. Below you can find some location recommendations from our team:

Enjoy an illuminated sculpture park and the »nuclear-bar«

Thomas Baumgärtel - der Bananensprayer
Visit a once the in a lifetime exhibition of the most famous german street art artist – see works from his past and his most recent creations. (Attention: this event location is not included in the shuttle buses – please take the S11 to Dellbrück leaving at cologne central station)

Soundart Köln 2019
Sound installations at western germanys biggest media broadcaster (WDR)

Sound installations at the Martin-Luther Church with colognes highest and longest acoustic feature space

Museum Schnütgen
Musical ambient-showcase by the cologne based label Noorden and visuals inside the church (Cäcilienkirche)

Kunsthochschule für Medien
Shortfilmnight (all night long) including sound-, video- and photoprojects and performances by current students

Kunsthaus Rhenania
Open studios, concerts, performances and exhibitions at one of colognes most urban studio with several artists located in an old granary.

KISD - Köln Interantional School of Design
Exibitions of multimedia, video- and photoprojects and performances by current students

Japanisches Kulturinstitut
8 p.m./ 9 p.m./ 10 p.m.: demonstration of a traditional japanese tea-ceremony

Kolbhalle Köln
Creative, urban art location with open studios gives the opportunity to experience this location on your own accompanied by music.

The univerity, that has it‘s focus on uniting design and sustainabilty, opens it‘s doors with students presenting their sustainable designs, designstudents illustrating guests, free drinks and freak out-dancefloor (it‘s the universities 25th anniversary)

Come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cologne Night of Museums at stadtgarten with the famous cologne based electronic label KOMPAKT. Starts at midnight!

Unfortunately we can not provide a full english version of our program booklet, yet. We are constantly working on improving the Cologne Night of Museums for everyone. Until then we are happy to help providing detailed information to you directly.

In advance of the event you can send us a direct message via facebook (Museumsnacht Köln) or send a classic E-Mail to!