The Museum Ludwig boasts a fascinating history that traces back to the post-World War II era. The foundation of its impressive collection was laid by Cologne lawyer Josef Haubrich (1889–1961). In May 1946, shortly after the war, Haubrich generously donated his collection of Expressionist and Classical Modernist art to the City of Cologne. This collection included works by prominent artists such as Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, Otto Mueller, Marc Chagall, and Otto Dix.


In October 1946, a selection of one hundred paintings from this collection was exhibited for the first time at the old University of Cologne, marking the beginning of the museum’s journey. Since then, Museum Ludwig has grown to encompass the most significant trends in modern and contemporary art.


Museum Ludwig is not just about viewing art; it’s about experiencing it. The museum’s thoughtful curation and dynamic exhibitions provide a rich, immersive experience that appeals to both casual visitors and art enthusiasts.


Summer is an ideal time to visit Museum Ludwig. The pleasant weather allows for leisurely exploration of the museum’s surroundings, including the stunning Cologne Cathedral. After your visit, you can enjoy a stroll along the Rhine River or explore Cologne’s vibrant city center, making your cultural excursion complete.