The cultural highlight of Colmar is the Musée d'Unterlinden, once a medieval Dominican convent and hotbed of Rhenish mysticism. Upstairs you can see fine regional furnishings and a collection of Rhine Valley paintings from the Renaissance, including Martin Schongauer's opulent 1470 altarpiece painted for Jean d'Orlier; other treasures can be found around the enchanting 13th-century cloister, including arms and armor. However, an ongoing museum makeover means that its
star attraction— the Retable d'Issenheim (1512–16), a glorious, sometimes gruesome multi-panel altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald, which had been displayed in the convent's Gothic chapel—has been temporarily moved to. It is slated to make a triumphant return in spring 2015 when Musée d'Unterlinden’s three-story extension opens. The new wing will have floors dedicated to modern and contemporary art (including the Guernica tapestry by Jacqueline de La Baume-Dürbach) as well as temporary exhibition space. In the interim, the museum’s contemporary and modern art collection is also closed to the public.
1 rue Unterlinden, Colmar, 68000, France