The Unterlinden Museum is housed in the former Dominican convent of Unterlinden, founded in the 13th century. An important monastic complex in the 14th and 15th centuries, the convent became a centre of Christian mysticism in the Rhine Valley. After the departure of the nuns during the Revolution, the buildings became the property of the city of Colmar and were transformed into military barracks.

In the middle of the 19th century, when the former Unterlinden convent was slated for demolition, Louis Hugot, archivist and librarian for the city of Colmar, sought to save the building. In 1847, he founded the Schongauer Society. In 1848, a spectacular archaeological discovery contributed to the birth of the museum: a Gallo-Roman mosaic unearthed in Bergheim was placed in the convent chapel. In 1852, the works of the revolutionary museum were transferred to the former convent. The museum managed by the Schongauer Society opened its doors to the public in 1853, presenting a collection of sculptures and painted panels from the Antonine commandery in Issenheim.

1 Place Unterlinden
68000 Colmar

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Visit to the Unterlinden Museum


A prestigious setting for the famous Issenheim Altarpiece! An almost complete panorama of art can be seen in this superb convent turned museum. The Unterlinden Museum is located in its founding location, the 13th century convent, and is now connected to the former municipal baths, which were opened in 1906. The architects Herzog & de Meuron have combined the buildings with a contemporary extension. An underground gallery with three exhibition rooms runs under the Place Unterlinden and the canal.

It leads to the new architecture, the Ackerhof, named after the convent's former farmhouse. More than ever, the Musée Unterlinden displays its encyclopaedic collections. The visit is enhanced by a number of areas: the cloister garden, the museum orchard, a café, a shop, etc.

Having doubled its exhibition space since the end of 2015, the Museum now displays its collections on nearly 8000m². The Museum offers a tour covering nearly 7000 years of history, from prehistory to 20th century art.

Horaires d'ouverture

Wednesday to Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: closed

Closing time 30 minutes before the Museum closes.

Public holidays: 1.1., 1.5., 1.11., 25.12.

Public price
Adult : €13.00
Kid : Free
Price with the pass
Adult : Free
Kid : Free
Restauration du retable de la vie de la Vierge

From 3 June to 13 September 2024

Exposition temporaire


Autour de l’exposition “Couleur, Gloire et Beauté”, le Retable de la vie de la Vierge est restauré sous les yeux des visiteurs.
Calendrier de la restauration du retable de la vie de la Vierge.
Dates (à titre indicatif) 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 24, 27, 28 juin 2024 ; du 15 au 19 juillet 2024 (sauf le mardi 16 juillet, jour de fermeture du musée) ; du 2 au 6 septembre et du 9 au 13 septembre 2024 (sauf les mardis 3 et 10 septembre, jour de fermeture du musée). Lieu rez-de-chaussée du Cloître, salle 1480-1500.

* Calendrier sujet à modifications. Consultez ce calendrier en ligne avant de programmer votre visite.

Place Unterlinden
68000 Colmar


Visit the Issenheim Altarpiece

28 July 2024 11:00

Animation ponctuelle

Adult : €4.50 - Kid : €4.50

The Issenheim Altarpiece by painter Grünewald and sculptor Nicolas de Haguenau, completed in 1516, is a world-renowned masterpiece. Accompanied by an interpreter, discover this monumental polyptych, comprising a sculpted case and 4 pairs of painted panels dedicated to Saint Anthony and the life of Christ.

1 Place Unterlinden
68000 Colmar



  • Physical disability
  • Visual disability

  • The entire Unterlinden Museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility. People with reduced mobility can access all the rooms. Prams, wheelchairs and walkers are now easily accessible thanks to the lifts and inclined planes.

    The Musée Unterlinden offers wheelchairs for visitors who have difficulty moving around, standing for several hours or visiting the museum independently.

  • Accepted animals
    Guide dogs are allowed.

Access conditions

  • Bus from the station to the Museum: lines 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 ;

    Get off at the Theatre stop.

  • Follow city centre

    Car parks: Mairie, Lacarre, Scheurer-Kestner

  • To get to Colmar, regional trains from Basel or Strasbourg every 30 minutes.

    From the station to the museum, on foot: 15 min walk.

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