1 March 2018 to 1 July 2018
The special exhibition opens forty years after the opening of the new building, designed by Kunio Maekawa, on the Aachener Weiher, a building which gave the Museum of East Asian Art a new home after the destruction of its former premises in the Second World War. more
13 August 2016 to 29 January 2017
What would a life be without passions? In the art of East Asia, human passions play an important part. From love to the arts, the yearning for freedom and a life in the midst of nature, from the pleasures of erotic play to the overcoming of the passions through Buddhism – every aspect is reflected. more
23 April 2016 to 17 July 2016
The exhibition ‘The Magic of Characters’ presents, for the first time, works of Chinese calligraphic art from the twelfth century BCE until the present, examining the many planes of significance of calligraphy and writing generally more
8 May to 13 September 2015
Porcelain was highly appreciated not only in the Middle Kingdom; the "white gold" from China was also much in demand in Europe and the Middle East. In combination with the permanent loans from the Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung, the museum is presenting for the first time a selection of the 100 or so most refined, and most unusual, items of porcelain in its collection. more
18 October 2014 to 1 February 2015
The exhibition, conceived in association with the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern investigates for the first time Klee’s confrontation with East Asian art and culture. Klee was also the cardinal point for subsequent artists in Japan. more
17 May 2014 to 1 February 2015
The exhibition seeks to present the two concepts of compassion and meditation in the teachings of the ‘Great Vehicle’ (Sanskrit: Mahayana). Here, a central role is played by the Bodhisattvas as enlightened beings who nonetheless have pity on humanity, as well as by meditation, which was widely disseminated by the Zen schools (Chinese: Chan; Jap.: Zen). more
20 October 2012 to 20 January 2013
The Forbidden City in Beijing is one of the largest museums in the world. For almost 500 years, it was the seat of government of the emprerors of China, and formed the middle of the Middle Kingdom. The face of the Forbidden City was shaped by the last dynasty, the Qing from Manchuria (1644–1911), who left behind a collection of more than 1.8 million art treasures. more
Tuesday to Sunday
11am – 5pm
Every first Thursday in the month
11am – 10pm
Museum is opend on Easter Monday and Whit Monday.
Museum is closed December 24th, Christmas Day (25 Dec), New Year's Eve (31 Dec) and New Year's Day (1 Jan).
All under Heaven – The Museum of East Asian Art by the Aachener Weiher, 40 Years (November 15, 2018 - June 30, 2019)
€ 9.50 / € 5.50
KölnTag on the first Thursday of the month (except public holidays): free admission to the Permanent Collection and "All under Heaven" for all Cologne residents.
How to get here
Public transport: Tram routes 1 and 7 and bus route 142, alight at ‘Universitätsstrasse’
There is a car park at the museum
The museum is barrier-free. Disabled toilet available.