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Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

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Address: Cacilienstrasse 29-33, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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+49 221 22131301
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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A rice storage hut and and a full Javanese gamelan greet you at this unique...

A rice storage hut and and a full Javanese gamelan greet you at this unique museum that aims to unite humanity across cultures and gives visitors an opportunity to explore their own prejudices and preconceived notions. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the first Thursday of the month until 10 p.m.

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Beautiful Ethnographic Museum in the heart of Cologne. Very interactive, absolutely interesting and captivating. Thumbs up for this interesting museum which is perfect for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 November 2016
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Lissone, Italy
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Lissone, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Beautiful Ethnographic Museum in the heart of Cologne. Very interactive, absolutely interesting and captivating. Thumbs up for this interesting museum which is perfect for children as well as grown-ups.

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Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

A fine museum which is almost a work of art itself in its presentation. It truly broadens the mind (if the language and focus a little too overly PC) and is filled with a wonderfully varied collection of items and, I presume due to Germany's connection to the Ottoman Empire, a focus on the Near East. The floor dedicated to... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

This museum was very old-school in its content (with a huge collection of objects collected by ethnographers from various cultures), but raises the bar in its innovative and interactive display of these objects and its acknowledgement of western cultural bias and racism in the history of ethnography. A highly recommended outing for older families, students and professionals in History and... More 

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Southampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Note: We were confused that this museum is linked with the Cacilienkircke museum (and one ticket can cover both), but outside the building is called Museum Schutgen. The ehtnological museum is s brilliant idea, but to begin with it is not user friendly, especially if you do not read German. However, as you travel through the galleries you get the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

This is a museum that really goes out of its way to entertain and inform the visitor. Exhibitions are clear and dramatically presented. Makes the subject appealing. Anthropology and the greats of German sciences. Impressive museum! Great!

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

An excellent museum of anthropology - great artifacts ... and really well presented. The theme of the exhibition is great - and challenges many stereotypes about 'what is foreign' At a time when there is much debate about the effect of migrants, this is a good place to raise the standard for understanding and tolerance. Do go and visit

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

I had not been to this museum before and it looked a bit stark from the outside. However, inside it is very light and the displays are very thoughtfully arranged. We enjoyed the guided tour of 1 1/2 hour.

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Sibiu, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

I enjoyed my visit here a lot. You can see all kinds of tools, weapons, ritual and religious objects, clothes and jewelry from different cultures. I've especially enjoyed the area with the sofas and the sounds. It was so relaxing after walking for so long.

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Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

This is a stylish museum that does a fine job introduing selected aspects of a wider world in a modern, atmospheric and respectful way. The rooms dealing with religion, death and racism were particularly worthwhile.

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

A museum of world cultures which shares a common entrance and atrium with the lovely Schnutgen museum of medieval church art. Not up there with the great ethnographic and anthropological museums like the Pitt Rivers or Quai Branly or Ethnologisches in Berlin, but worth an hour or so of your time. Some nice pieces in the main gallery although the... More 

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