Cologne's Museum Schnütgen, based on the immense medieval art collection of Alexander Schnütgen, and donated to the city in 1906, is one of the world's leading places for researching and exhibiting medieval art. Collections and special exhibitions are beautifully displayed, and provide a lively overview of the major artistic themes of the Middle Ages, when Cologne was a leading city of Europe. The aim is to show medieval art in a new light, presenting the entire cosmos of medieval life--saints, pilgrims, guilds, spirituality and more.
The wonderful Romanesque St. Cecilia Church is at the heart of the museum. Blessed with extraordinary acoustics, the Church offers the internationally renowned Schnütgen Concerts, performances featuring the musical realms of the Middle Ages. Other activities include film screenings and theater for children.
The Cathedral of Cologne received the relics of The Magi in 1164, and in 2014/2015, the city is celebrating the 850th anniversary of the event with exhibitions and events focusing on "Holy Cologne". One of the most impressive exhibitions has been The Magi: Legend, Art and Cult at the Museum Schnütgen. The exhibition reflects the importance of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, and The Magi's role as patrons of travelers, seamen and merchants. It also shows the evolution of their portrayal of the three kings as representatives of the three continents known at the time--Europe, Africa and Asia.