from 20 September 2023


Your turn!

"A museum space and a playroom have many things in common".

(Endres/Rousseau 2020:6)


According to Art. 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children have a right to play and to participate freely in cultural and artistic life.

But is that really true?

We take this right seriously. In YOU ARE THERE! - SPACE4KIDS we create space for a participatory and experimental programme with and for children in an ethnological museum with its complex social debates on almost 1,400 square metres.

Throughout Europe, ethnological museums discuss their future intensively, but do not include children and young people. The realities of life for children living in Cologne today have also changed in recent decades. For example, almost 60% of the inhabitants of Cologne under the age of 18 have a migration background. This means that the museum should be a place where this generation feels represented and welcome in all its diversity.

YOU ARE THERE! - SPACE4KIDS involves children in shaping the future of the museum in order to become a place for a post-migrant society with their help.

Because we see children not just as passive visitors, but as active experts who bring about change in their environment. To this end, we open our doors wide for children to try out new participatory formats and methods and create an experimental space for sensory, playful and collective experiences. The RJM will become an inclusive meeting place for fun, reflection, exchange, movement, curiosity, celebration, creativity and empowerment.

YOU ARE THERE! - SPACE4KIDS is a cooperation with the Kölner Integrationshaus (In-Haus Kalk e.V.), a New German Organisation working for a more racism-free, diversity-sensitive and just world.

SPACE4KIDS can be visited by schools, intercultural associations, OGS, groups and other initiatives with prior registration. Registration at:

For children and their parents, SPACE4KIDS opens on certain days, which are announced on the website.

The various participatory formats, glimpses behind the scenes of the museum and dates can be found here.

Contact for cooperations:

The room is open on the following dates:

The space is open from 10 am to 6 pm on all Sundays. From June, the museum will also be open on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Space4Kids takes a summer break from 29 July to 18 August. (An exception is 14 and 15 th September due to an event. Space4kids will be closed on this day).

SPACE4KIDS is accessible free of charge, please obtain a free ticket at the cash desk.



Every Sunday Guided tour 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Children free of charge, adults € 2,00


SPACE4KIDS is accessible free of charge, please get a free ticket at the ticket office. On all Sundays there is a hands-on tour for children in the permanent exhibition from 11 am to 12 pm, which ends in SPACE4KIDS.

Cooperation partners:




Important questions and answers:


Can I use the materials, games and children's books in SPACE4KIDS freely?

Yes, of course, but please help us to tidy them up after use so that the room and the children's library remain attractive for other visitors. Please put the books back on the bookshelves after reading. Our technician will also be pleased if you handle our technology with care ;-)


Can I drop my child off at SPACE4KIDS?

No, parents or accompanying adults remain responsible for their children during the visit. Unless the child is taking part in a workshop. Then the workshop leader will take over supervision.


Can I eat and drink at SPACE4KIDS?

Yes, you can eat and drink here, but remember to dispose of your leftovers properly.


Where can I leave my jacket and rucksack?

Jackets and bags can either be securely locked in the basement or taken directly to our Space4Kids.


Where can I park my baby carriage?

There is enough space in Space4Kids to park your baby carriage.


Where are the toilets located?

The toilets are in the basement. You will also find a changing table there. The barrier-free toilet can also be found there.


How can I take part in the workshops?

Some workshops are free of charge, others require payment. Please have a look at our website. There you will find all the latest information on registration and the costs of the workshops.


I am coming with a group of children. Do I have to register?

No, you can simply come directly to the museum and pick up a free ticket at the ticket office.


What are the opening hours of SPACE4KIDS?

Space4Kids is open every Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. From June, the museum will also be open on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm. (An exception is 14 and 15th September due to an event. Space4kids will be closed on this weekend).

Space4Kids takes a summer break from 29 July to 11 August.


Have fun!!!!!