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The museum is growing

An ambitious project

Since summer 2012, an extensive refurbishment and construction project has been launched: both the former convent and the municipal baths are currently being redesigned to better present the collections of art of the 12th to the 18th century and host special events.

A new building is also being erected to house galleries of modern and contemporary art as well as temporary exhibitions.

Moreover, an underground passage will serve as an additional exhibition space to present the aesthetical evolution from classic art to modern art/more modern paintings.

The whole project is due to be completed on the 12nd December 2015.

If you want to know more about the cultural and architectural project of our Museum, please feel free to consult the section on the subject on the website of the city of Colmar.


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During the refurbishment and construction period, the archeology and the modern art are not accessible to the public: it is waiting for a dedicated exhibition space that the project led by the renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron will guarantee. Meanwhile, the museum wants his visitors to still be able to enjoy most of its treasures.

In order to achieve this goal, the whole team has planned to move some of the collections and make several major refurbishments.

Please click here if you want to read online the complete version of the special brochure on the subject “le Musée s’agrandit”.


A unique event

Celebrated works from the Musée Unterlinden’s collections are on view at the Dominican church until 18 October 2015


At the Dominican church in Colmar, a unique event presents Grünewald and Nicolas de Haguenau’s Isenheim Altarpiece (1512–1516) alongside Martin Schongauer’s masterpiece The Madonna of the Rose Bower (1473). Furthermore, this event provides an unprecedented opportunity to view all three painted works by Martin Schongauer held in Colmar at a single venue, since the Orlier Altarpiece (1470–1475) and the Altarpiece of the Dominicans (c. 1480) are also exhibited at the Dominican church during this period. Two painted panels by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Melancholy and The Crucifixion), sculptures from the Late Middle Ages and works in silver and gold (including the famous grouping known as the Trésor des Trois-Epis) round out the presentation.

Lastly, two paintings from the museum’s modern art collection offer visitors the perspectives of two twentieth-century artists on sacred subjects: Veronica’s Veil by Alfred Manessier and Head of Christ by Otto Dix.



The museum is growing

View of the futur Unterlinden place © Herzog & de Meuron.