Right in the center of Cologne, a new museum of international standing is currently being built: the MiQua. LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter Cologne. Its name MiQua can be read short for "Museum im Quartier" and refers to the 6,000 m2 excavation area in Cologne’s Archaeological Quarter, directly beneath the Town Hall Square. Here, in several steps since 1953 over 2000 years of Cologne city history have been revealed, ranging from the palace of the Roman governor, the Praetorium, to the medieval Jewish quarter and the Christian goldsmiths quarter. Above these archaeological monuments, a new museum will be built, which, in addition to a permanent and temporary exhibition area, will provide insights into the archeology of the underground, namely the medieval synagogue and the Jewish ritual bath, the mikveh, which also resonates in the name MiQua.
In 2013, the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) and the City of Cologne concluded a framework agreement for the museum project. The city of Cologne serves as the promoter of the construction and as the owner of the museum as well as the archaeological monuments. The LVR develops the museum’s content as well as the operational concept. Presumably at the end of 2021, the LVR will take over the sponsorship of the museum.
An important highlight of the future MiQua. LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter in Cologne can be seen from 25 September as a guest exhibit at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. The Amsterdam Mahzor, purchased in 2017 thanks to a European partnership between the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam with the support of notable sponsors and foundations, will return to its original home in Cologne and be placed on display at a special exhibition.
Amsterdam Mahzor. A treasure comes home
25 September 2019 to 12 January 2020
MiQua. LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter in Cologne in cooperation with Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud and Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam
Wallraf Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud
Obenmarspforten, D-50667 Cologne