"The building of the former Turenne school, built in the 16th century, has since 1985 housed the Colmar Natural History Museum, which was founded in 1859. Initially established in the Unterlinden premises until 1940, the collections were transferred in 1959 to a house which has since disappeared in the Water Tower park, where they were viewed until 1983. The main departments are zoology, mineralogy and ethnography."
Opening hours :
From 1st February to 22nd December: every day except Tuesdays: 10-12 am and 2- 5 pm. Sundays: 2 -6 pm. Closed: 1st May- 1st November and 25th December. Guided tours on request by appointment.
Archaeology, Folk art, Ethnography, Geology and natural sciences
"This former Dominican convent, with its Gothic cloister which is considered the finest in Alsace, was built between 1269 and 1289. From the mid-19th century, it housed the Unterlinden museum, which is renowned for its Rhenish masterpieces dating from the end of the middle ages. The Issenheim retable by Matthias Grünewald is displayed in the former chapel, and in front of the chancel is the statue of the Colmarian painter and engraver, Martin Schongauer (v. 1450-1491), made by Bartholdi in 1860."
"The house where the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) was born, the son of a Prefectoral councillor, who died in 1836, this residence was built in the 15th century and transformed in the 18th century into an elegant hôtel particulier [town mansion]. Since 1922 it has housed the largest collection of works, models and souvenirs of the designer of the Statue of Liberty enlightening the world, unveiled in New York in 1886. In the inner courtyard the "Grands Soutiens du monde" group (bronze 1902) can be seen."
Situated in a former Monastery the museum contains the prestigious Issenheim Altar painted by Mathis Grunewald ,an important collection of Renisch sculptures and pasintings from the end of the middle ages and from the renaissance
This is the museum of Jew arts and community.
In the year of 1349 all the jews of Colmar were burned and burried in the well known as "judenloch" in the district of Ladhof .
The museum has a collection of some rare jew arts
This is the main tourist sight in Colmar. Its a huge painting of the crucifixtion and its not for the squeamish.
The depiction of Christ's last moments on earth is meant to shock, and if you are religious its probably an intense sight.
Even for those of us who are not religious, it is worth seeing - it kind of of stops you in your tracks.
Statue of Liberty sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi was born in Colmar in 1834. This small, memento-filled museum is in the house where he was born. It has Statue of Liberty rooms containing plans and scale models, and documents related to its construction and other works regarding U.S. history. Bartholdi's Paris apartment, with furniture and memorabilia, has been reconstructed here. The museum supplements its exhibits with paintings of Egyptian scenes that Bartholdi collected during his travels in 1856.
Hours Wed-Mon 10am-noon and 2-6pm
Prices Admission 4.10€ ($5.35) adults, 2.50€ ($3.25) students and children 12-18, free for children under 12
Season Closed Jan-Feb, May 1, Nov 1, and Dec 25
Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) is probably best known for his creation of the Statue of Liberty. The museum is located in the "well to do" family house where he was born. The rooms contain works from his artistic career up to and including the creation of the Statue of Liberty.
Open: everyday except Tuesdays
Admission: Adults 4 euros, children 2.5 euros, under 12 free
This museum is set in an old gothic monestary. This is such a fantastic environment, especially since the most well known exhibition is the "Isenheimer Altar" by Grünewald dating back to the 16th century! We also admired the most sophisticated keys and locks there and much more.... It is a museum to spend hours inside....
The Isenheimer Altar (1512 - 16) is one of the greatest masterworks of medieval art in Europe. It is the main work of Matthias Grünewald ((1480-1531/32 ?), who probably was a student of Albrecht Dürer.
The altar consists of ten pictures, the biggest of them 265 x 140 cm. Surprising effects of light, brilliant colours, precise physiognomies leave the visitor speechless. Grünewald presents key scenes of Christian religion: a blood-curdling crucification scene, the Annunciation to Maria, a Christmas scene, resurrection of Jesus and the temptation of Jesus.
The altar is completed by wonderfully carved wooden figures by Niclas Hagnower, depicting Augustinus, Antonius, Hieronymus and Christus and the apostles.
The Unterlinden Museum is probably the most famous place in Colmar. The museum found its home in the former Dominican convent which was built 1269 - 89. In medieval times the convent was a centre of spiritual life in the region.
Secularized during the French revolution the buildings were used for the museum. It hosts important collections of medieval and contemporary works of art (mostly pictures).
The most famous work of art is the Isenheimer Altar by Matthias Grünewald, which deserves its own tip :-)
This is a relatively small but world class museum with a wide range of exhibits from Roman times, paintings and wine making. Its main claim to fame is Greuenwald's Isenheim Altarpiece which was done for benefit of hospital patients suffering from various terrible skin diseases. The hope was that their suffering would be relieved by identifying with an agonizing Christ who is also depicted with diseased skin. It is actually a 3 panel piece and I think can change with the season.
We visited theBartholdi Museum expecting it to be dedicated to the Statue of Liberty. However, the museum is his home and a lovely place. This photo is of the dining room. Quite a unique use of the china, but a nice effect. Bartholdi did not only the Statue of Liberty but a fountain in Philadelphia for the observance of USA's centennial in 1876. His work can also be seen all around Colmar. Some joke that all his statues have one arm raised, but there are exceptions.
We went to this museum expecting it to be devoted to the Statue of Liberty since Bartholdi was its creator. There is some info and the pictured model, but it is basically his home. I wanted to buy a small Statue of Liberty as a souvenir, but could not find one in the whole town. It was a worthwhile visit, however, and I recommend it.
Architect & Sculptor Fr?d?ric-Auguste Bartholdi was born in Colmar on August 2, 1834. Since 1922, the home of his birth has been a museum. Here you can see plans and models for his works, including the most famous: the statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.
See my travelogue on this page for the story of this statue, and what it symbolizes for France and the US.