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“Wait til restoration is complete”
Review of Musee Unterlinden

Musee Unterlinden
Ranked #3 of 79 things to do in Colmar
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Owner description: Vast collection of paintings and sculptures features the Retable d'Issenheim (Issenheim Altarpiece,) considered to be the most important piece of art in the museum.
Reviewed June 27, 2013

They say most visitors to Colmar go to see the Isenheim altar piece by Matthias Grunewald in 1552 in the Chapel of the Antonites Convent. Best seen as an integral part of a series of related works it is said to explain the meaning of suffering

We had enough suffering the night before trying to find the Museum in the maze of one way old streets that hold the Old Town of Colmar together.

Such was the pain I had to repair to the fantastic old Alsace villages of Riquewiher and Ribeauville to recuperate in the hills before another attack in the morning

Resuscitated by Gewurzstraminer and dry Riesling the night before,
Saturday traffic facilitated finding a parking place near the Museum

After this costly epicurean effort it was an anticlimax to find the famous piece without lighting and obscured by heavy scaffolding

I saw no warning even in small print in the dark Cloisters that the Altarpiece was undergoing restoration and difficult to view

Nor any reduction on the E 8 entrance fee!

The artwork is well described in Michelin Verte with a beautiful copy of the painting and no doubt in every tourist guide on Colmar

So better wait til restoration is complete

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is an OK Museum in Colmar (5 euros pp, all day access). It is actually the best one in town but this is not a Museum City. Has a lot of religious art, some pottery and furniture. The setting is an old convent which is pretty. Colmar itself is OK but you can pretty much see all of it, including the Wine Route that goes through villages is a few days, a week tops. Having a car is helpful, there are two large free parking lots right outside old town. Public buses here are clean, usually have a/c but are quite expensive compared to buses in other parts of France (almost 8 euros for 2 people going one way to a small village not far from Colmar). One big attraction here is the Music Festival in July which makes it a good place to be for 1-2 weeks for music, mostly classical, enthusiasts. Weather can get uncomfortably hot in the summer (it is in the 90 degree range today, June 19) so be sure your accommodations includes a/c.

Thank TravelNowSwUsa
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Worth a trip to enjoy the art work. The painting style really appealed to me more than others, so this is definitely due to personal taste. Still, some parts were under renovation so we didn't get to see everything.

Thank stepsinthesand
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Lovely building, the museum is decent. We went with children and the guards seem majorly stressed we would touch something (we didn't).

Thank Leylaoz
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

I'm not a big fan of religious art but the Isenheim Altarpiece is most interesting. In addition, many pieces by Colmar native, Martin Schongauer are impressive considering the period (1500's). I'd recommend a visit for these pieces mentioned. Once the contemporary exhibition is back on display (2014?) It will be an even better experience.

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