Cologne Chocolate Museum celebrates 25th anniversary
The Chocolate Museum was founded in 1993 by the chocolate manufacturer Hans Imhoff. Today it’s one of the most popular cultural attractions of Cologne, drawing in approximately 550,000 visitors annually. Here the history and the contemporary world of cocoa and chocolate are presented on a display area of more than 4,000 square metres. A total of 14 million visitors have been thrilled by the exhibition to date. In terms of visitor figures, it’s one of the Top 10 museums in Germany.
More than 200 events are held at the Chocolate Museum every year
In addition to interesting information about chocolate, the building also offers a special framework for events in its capacity as a museum location. More than 200 events are held at the Chocolate Museum every year. During the G8 summit meeting in 1999, the foreign ministers of the seven most important industrialized nations and Russia met in Cologne and enjoyed an evening repast in the Bel Etage at the Chocolate Museum. This location is ideal for private and official events of every kind and every size. For example, bridal couples can say “yes” to each other in the museum’s Bel Etage, which is an official “wedding room” of the Cologne Registry Office, and then smoothly proceed along with their guests to the celebrations in another part of the museum.
The anniversary programme
To celebrate its anniversary year, the Chocolate Museum is offering a diverse programme of events. The most important date was the gala celebration on 31 October 2018, exactly 25 years after the opening of the museum. From 14 to 18 November, chocolatiers from Germany and abroad presented their most elaborate creations — which are seldom available for purchase anywhere else — at the Chocolatiers’ Market in front of the museum.