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Unterlinden Museum (Musee Unterlinden) Tours

Unterlinden Museum (Musee Unterlinden)
Occupying a 13th-century Dominican convent in the Alsace town of Colmar, the Unterlinden Museum (Musée Unterlinden) features a large collection of European art, spanning the period between the Middle Ages and the 20th century. Its best-known work is the altarpiece of Isenheim, created with a mix of sculpture and painting in the early 16th century.

The Basics

As one of Colmar's most popular attractions, the Unterlinden Museum is often visited on tours to the region; independent travelers can prebook museum admission to avoid waiting in line. The museum features six permanent areas plus a changing number of temporary exhibits. There's an archaeology section with ancient objects, an area devoted entirely to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and a section focused on decor and art in everyday life. 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Unterlinden Museum is a must-visit for art lovers and those who appreciate medieval architecture.
  • On-site facilities include a café and a well-stocked gift shop.
  • The entire museum is wheelchair-accessible, and there's a scaled-down, sculpted replica of the Isenheim altarpiece for the blind and partially sighted to experience tactilely.

How to Get There
The museum is located in the northern part of Colmar's historic old town, about a 15-minute walk from both the Colmar Saint-Joseph Railway Station and the central station. Underground parking is available nearby at the Parking Mairie lot, and Le Petit Train Colmar, a mini "train" for tourists, departs from right by the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open every day of the week except for Tuesdays and select public holidays from morning until evening, with extended hours on the first Thursday of the month. Classical-music performances are also occasionally staged here (using the museum's 17th-century Ruckers harpsichord), some of which are free to visitors. Check the website for up-to-date details.
The Isenheim Altarpiece

The museum's star attraction, the Isenheim altarpiece is considered the masterwork of German Renaissance artist Matthias Grünewald, notable for his rejection of Renaissance styles in favor of traditionally medieval aesthetics. It features sculptures of saints Augustine and Anthony, among others, created by Alsatian sculptor Nikolaus Hagenauer, along with scenes from the crucifixion, viewable when the wings are closed.
Address: 1 Rue des Unterlinden, Colmar 68000, France
Admission: Varies
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Art and Culture in Colmar with a Local

Art and Culture in Colmar with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Find out the different cultural and artistic characteristics that makes this city unique and enjoy the buzzing community and city ambience! Whether you are visiting Colmar as a returning tourist who wants to get to know the city a bit better, or if this is your first time, this Experience is for you! While walking the streets of Colmar and looking at the amazing, unique street art, or getting to know more about the city’s galleries and museums, you will hear about street-art artists as well as contemporary artists and their close connection to Colmar. I will share with you the art and cultural world of my city, where you will see, hear, and experience how colorful and multifaceted Colmar is!
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