The Unterlinden Museum: a Marvellous Cultural Centre in the Heart of Colmar

Located in the city center of Colmar, the Unterlinden Museum is a magnificent historical site gathering ancient and modern art covering 7000 years of history via unique paintings and sculptures.

3 main areas to visit

1) The Former Convent

This part covers masterpieces from the Middle Age to the Renaissance, including the centerpiece that is known globally: the altarpiece of Isenheim created between 1512 and 1516 by the german painters Matthias Grünewald and Nicolas de Haguenau.

Le retable d'Issenheim
2) The Underground Gallery

You will essentially find masterpieces from 19th to 20th century in this part of the museum.

Dans la galerie souterraine du musée Unterlinden
La Salle Ackerhof consacrée aux œuvres des années 1930 aux années 1960
3) The Contemporary Building

This part houses the collections of modern art as well as ephemeral original exhibitions that you can find in the agenda of the museum website.

A stunning building

Beside the historical journey that you walk into over 8000 m2, the Unterlinden Museum is worth to visit just to discover the building site itself. Initially constructed in 1853, this museum has undergone major changes regarding its architectural space and volume throughout the centuries. However the most significant was undoubtedly the one recently realized by the architects Herzog & de Meuron between 2009 and 2015.

After heavy work of renovation and fitting-out scaled that lasted 4 years, the museum is a cultural centre remarkably great, designed with sleek lines and with a touch of modern style, without altering the historical parts of the building.

Se balader dans la cours intérieure
Allée de la cours de Unterlinden
La Cours Intérieure

Useful information


1 Rue des Unterlinden, 68000 Colmar

Best is to park your car at the parking Rapp, very convenient, close to the museum and the city center.

Opening hours
  • From Monday to Wednesday: from 10h00 to 18h00
  • Thursdays: from 10h00 to 20h00
  • From Friday to Sunday: from 10h00 to 18h00
  • 24 et 31 december: from 10h00 to 16h00
  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • Closed on national days: 1st January, 1st May, 1st November and 25 December
  • Standard: 13 €
  • Reduced price: 11 € seniors citizens,
  • Student: 8 € student under 30 years old

More information here:

Banc du musée
Les cloches

A must-see museum in Colmar

Once we stepped inside, we were really struck by the beauty of the architecture and we could easily witness the effort of great renovation that has been undertaken over these years. With such a massive range of unique masterpieces, the Unterlinden Museum offers the opportunity to everybody to discover art from the Middle Age until nowadays.

The interior of the museum is stunning with neutral colors and the ancient natural stones with the wood beams bring even more warmth to this place. There is a bit of a minimalistic touch that we absolutely like, with such a big interior with sleek lines and how the works are displayed on white backgrounds and well set wide apart.

If you happen to come in Alsace and you don’t know which museums to visit in the surroundings, then don’t hesitate to go at the Unterlinden Museum, you won’t regret it!

un des retables
Clés anciennes
Le retable en bois
Les cloches
Autres sculptures
Une Gargouille au musée
Les retables
Sculptures et vase
Dessins sur le sol
Le musée en miniature
Sculpture et peintures
Le Char de la Mort
Un petit Retable