Ferdinand Wallraf inherited his important art collection in 1824 to the city of Cologne. After the donation by Johann Richartz, the city started to build a museum in 1861. The building was destroyed during WW II and a new museum was built in 2001. The collection consists of paintings from the Middle Ages until the 19th century.
The beautifully situated museum displays porcelain, calligraphy, landscape painting and Buddhist sculptures from the countries of East Asia.
In the historic museum of cologne you can immerse yourself in the history of the city from the Middle Ages until today. Cologne specialties such as Klüngel, Karneval and Kölsch are also explained in the exhibition. The building is an old armory, which was rebuilt after World War 2 and serves as a museum since 1958.
The exhibition of the German Sport Museum focuses on the Olympic Games, gymnastics, athletics and football. However, new trends are also being integrated into the exhibition. Since The collection has grown since 1982to more than 120,000 objects such as jerseys, gold medals, sports shoes or Olympic torches and mascots.
The museum for applied art shows design from the 19th century until today. The MAK has important works by De Stijl, Bauhaus and Art Deco, as well as graphics, posters, book art, porcelain and other designed objects of great artistic value.