Fast Facts

  • Location: In Colmar in eastern France
  • Attraction Type: Art Museum
  • Significance: Art collections from the 15th to 20th centuries
  • Best Time to visit: May to October
  • Visiting Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
  • How to Reach: By road
  • Nearest Airport: Colmar Houssen Airport

Musee d’Unterlinden or Unterlinden Museum has an enviable collection of artwork from 15th to 18th centuries, well-preserved and methodically displayed. Housed in the former ‘Dominican Convent of the Unterlinden’, this museum in Colmar in France, in addition to preserving historic art, also maintains a modern art gallery. A visit to this informative and interesting museum would enrich you about the development of art over eight centuries in France. Unterlinden Museum also organizes guided tours, concerts, plays, and conferences throughout the year.

The establishment of the Unterlinden Museum in France dates back to June 1847 with the formation of the Society of Martin Schongauer. Under the guidance of Colmar city’s librarian and archivist Louis Hugot, a conscious effort was made to develop and appreciate works of art. The Royal College of Colmar, which had been protecting artworks from the revolutionaries, was due to be emptied. Schongauer Society insisted on converting Unterlinden Convent into a museum wherein these artworks could be preserved and displayed. Subsequently, in 1858 this convent took the shape of the museum for preserving these pieces of art. Visiting Musee d’Underlimden

Unterlinden is thus named since the convent in which this museum is housed were under a linden tree. Begin your visit to this Colmar Museum from ‘The Cloister’, the gallery of art collections from 15th to the 18th centuries. ‘Issenheim Altar’, dating back to the beginning of the 14th century, is the most remarkable exhibit in the ‘cloister’. The inimitable Gothic architecture of the Cloister influenced all monastic constructions in the Upper Rhine region of France. As in all Benedictine constructions, the Cloister formed the center of the entire structure. The chapel with vaulted nave, four bays, and seven vaulted bays for the choir is topped by a polygonal apse. The cloister served as a place of prayer and meditation.

The Modern Art Gallery includes paintings of Bazaine, Dubuffet, Picasso, Monet, Rouault, Soulages, D’ Delaunay, and Renoir. Among the artists of the mid 20th century, collection of Bissiere, Geer and Bram van Velde, Magnelli Helion, and Fautrier are outstanding.

Staying in Colmar
In Colmar, you could choose your place to stay as per your requirements. Best Western Elsass Club Hotel, Mercure Champ De Mars Colmar Hotel, Amiral Colmar Center Hotel, and Le Colombier Hotel are some of the notable accommodations. For meeting your gastronomic demands visit La Maison des Tetes, Auberge de l’Ill, and Chez Hansi.

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