Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne

Museum relocation complete with all exhibits

Between 2012 and 2017, the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum moved into its newly built cultural complex at Neumarkt, Cologne.

It took 41 months for the 50,000 sensitive objects to be put in their new places. The museum's collection includes diverse exhibits such as paintings, drawings, textiles, sculptures, sacred art, ethnological art and photographs.

To move the objects, our hasenkamp employees prepared individual packaging in advance. While some of the exhibits were packed in protective packaging, another part of the collection required transport crates of various types to be prepared in our in-house production facility.

In the course of the transportation project, a restoration concept was also applied to the new repository with a view to tracking objects and ensuring freedom from pests. The entire collection of the Rautenstrauch-Joest museum was cleaned, recorded, inventorized, labeled, and treated in order to prevent pests.

For this process, a packing line was created in which 30 restorers viewed, cleaned, measured and appropriately documented the objects. Preventitive treatment against a possible pest infestation was carried out in various applications, using nitrogen or cooling, depending on the material of the object and the pests that were to be expected.

After all the objects had been cleaned and appropriately packed by the hasenkamp art packers, they were transported within Cologne in air-sprung and climate-controlled art trucks.

A large part of the museum's collection was moved into the new Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum. There, the objects were unpacked and carefully put in their new places by hasenkamp art packers. A small portion of the collection was transported to hasenkamp's storage, and stored there in a professional manner.


  • Transportation of 50,000 items
  • Organization of object documentation
  • Creation of a packing line
  • Treating objects against pest infestation