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Musée d'Unterlinden

Musée d'Unterlinden Review

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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1 rue Unterlinden, Colmar, 68000 | Map It
  • Phone: /03–89–20–15–50
  • Cost: €8 joint ticket with Église des Dominicains until April 2015; fee for later dates TBA
  • Hours: May–Oct., daily 9–6; Nov.–Apr., Wed.–Mon. 9–noon and 2–5
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  • Location: Colmar
Updated: 04-08-2014

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