MiQua. LVR-Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter Cologne is a museum currently under construction and is expected to be open in 2019. A permanent exhibition will be placed in an excavation site in the basement. Here nearly 2000 years of history and urban development come alive, manifested in an archaeological site covering more than 6000 m² with features and finds from the Roman period up to the 20th century. The exhibition will tell the diverse story of the place and the people who lived here, the story of leadership and everyday life, coexistence, religion and violence, inclusion and exclusion. You can stay updated on the developments of the museum on the MiQua Blog.
Only a few steps away from the Cologne Cathedral archaeologists uncovered in the 1950s the huge Palace of the Roman governor of the province Germania Inferior from the first century AD and the medieval Jewish quarter with a synagogue and mikveh from the early 11th century, as well as Jewish community institutions and private houses. Therefore the excavation area shows not only the medieval Jewish history from the early 11th century until 1424 - the time when Jews had to leave the city -, but also Roman architecture, houses, and workshops of medieval goldsmiths and finally finds in continuity from every century up to the Second World War. The new museum building will give access to the excavation area, and includes a permanent exhibition about the history of Cologne Jews after 1424 and additional space for temporary exhibitions. The museum's architecture is created by the architecture firm Wandel Lorch Architekten.
The heart of the museum is the excavation site with its archaeological remains and objects. They tell 2000 years of history at one single place. The excavation area includes the medieval Jewish quarter of Cologne with synagogue, mikveh, tanzhaus, hospital and Jewish residential houses. Outstanding finds include approx. 200 small slates from the 14th century with different kinds of graffiti. They show e.g. lists of names written in Hebrew, drawings as well as writing exercises. Research projects will be done in cooperation with the archaeologists from the city of Cologne as the owners of the monuments and the objects.