Schnütgen Museum, Cologne

Schnütgen Museum, Cologne (must see)

Schnutgen Museum brings to the present the strident, colorful, vibrant and romantic Middle Ages. Middle Age is all about magnificence, grandeur, contemplation, religion and spirituality. All these aspects of the age are revealed expertly at the Schnutgen Museum. Though the museum is devoted to Christian religious art, mainly medieval, some parts of the collection, such as its textiles and prints, extend from antiquity to the modern period. In 1906, the collection of Alexander Schnütgen was donated to the city, and the collection has continued to expand so that until the opening of a new building in 2010, only about 10% of its 13,000 items could be displayed. Now some 2,000 objects are on display in 1900 sq.m. of gallery space, with an additional 1300 sq. meters for special exhibitions. Schnütgen was a Catholic priest and theologian; according to the museum website "Up to now people tell stories about his zealous and sometimes crafty collection tactics".

Back then, Cologne was one of the most powerful cities in Europe. At this museum, you can enjoy the very essence of people who lived during this multifaceted era. Here you will find a range of exciting, priceless collections of international importance. These include carved sculptures and artworks in gold, bronze and ivory, wood and stone sculpture, textiles, manuscripts and glass paintings.

Art has always been a medium that helps us understand our past, present and our very existence. Artworks that have survived through ages give us an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the bygone era. Schnutgen Museum introduces visitors to a world of beautiful, magnificent, timeless art. Tourists throng this museum to enjoy the exceptional aesthetic experience. In the 1950s, Karl Band was instrumental in extending the Romanesque St. Cecilia Church to include the museum. The latest addition here is the charming St. Cecilia Garden that acts as an ideal open-air exhibition platform. This garden features a range of medieval plants arranged in a contemporary design.

Why You Should Visit:
Stands out for at least three things: the frescoes in the church; the antiquity of some items (11th/12th century); some peculiar items that you don't usually see in similar museums, particularly the 'memento moris', i.e. miniature skeletons in coffins.

Tip:
Go by the nice café with outdoor seating should the urge to snack hit.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm; closed on Mondays
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Schnütgen Museum on Map

Sight Name: Schnütgen Museum
Sight Location: Cologne, Germany
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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