Admire the Altarpiece during its restoration!

Musée Unterlinden

Place Unterlinden
68000 COLMAR

+33(0)3 89 20 15 50

Opening time

Wednesday – Monday 9–18h
Tuesday closed
1st Thursday of the mounth 9–20h

24.12., 31.12.18 9–16h
1.1., 1.5., 1.11., 25.12. :


The Isenheim Altarpiece will be on view during its restoration, giving you the opportunity to admire it from a new angle!
Next restauration time : 14th October – 15th November 2019

The panels Crucifixion, Annuciation, Resurrection will be restored on place from the 14th October to the 15th November 2019.

The Musée Unterlinden’s masterpiece, the Isenheim Altarpiece created by Grünewald and Niclaus of Haguenau, is to be restored. The process will begin on 18 September 2018 with the sculptures.

The polyptych is composed of painted panels and sculptures dating from the early 16th century. With the emphasis on our visitor’s expectations, it will be restored in situ, at the heart of the museum, so you will still be able to admire most of the paintings and statues. The painted panels undergoing restoration will remain on view, as they will be visible behind a glass wall.

The visitors will observe each phase of the restoration, from cleaning to the retouching of the polychrome decoration of the sculptures and the frames and the painted layer of the panels. Besides the conservation of the work, the restoration will reveal the liveliness of the painter’s palette, which is currently obscured to a significant extent by the brown discolouration of the varnish.

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