If you seek an attractive cultural activity, a visit in one of largest museums in France has to be your best choice. The Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille has been open for more than a century, displays the second largest collection of works (sculptures, paintings, drawings, ceramics…) in France, coming second to the Louvre.
This collection includes particular works of Raphaël, Donatello, Van Dyck, Tissot, Jordaens, Rembrandt, Goya, Greco, David, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Delacroix, Rubens, Rodin, Claudel, Jean-Baptiste Chardin, as well as three-dimensional maps of several Lille-surrounding cities that were fortified by Vauban.
Located “Place de la République” right in midtown, it is visited by an average 230.000 visitors per annum on its 22.000m ²exhibition space. Do not believe to find you wedged among tourists there, because many citizens of Lille come to discover this place during their spare time. And with a dynamic schedule of collections, the attractiveness of the museum is constantly renewed. A place of discovery where it is impossible not to be filled with wonder, to see absolutely!
Visitor information: Average duration of an individual visit: 1h30
Guided tours, individual visits and teaching visits are available permanently.
Groups can hire guided tours on request, or enjoy the permanent teaching visits.
Disabled access. Accessible buiding, gardens and parking lots. Courtesy wheelchairs. Visit in sign language available.
Practical information :
Palais des Beaux-Arts
Place de la République
Tel.: +33 (0)3 20 06 78 00
Open on Monday: 2 pm - 6 pm, from Wednesday to Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Closed Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st, July 14th, August 15th, first weekend of September (annual Braderie), November 1st, and December 25th).