Due to the size of its permanent collections, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is considered to be thesecond largest general-interest museum in France, just after the Louvre.
The building, completed between 1885 and 1892, is typical of the monumental architecture of the late 19th century.
Fully renovated in 1997, its 22,000 m² house prestigious collections of European painting (Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix…), a few key examples of 19th century French painting (David's Belisarius, Courbet's L’après-dînée à Ornans, Puvis de Chavannes' The Slumber, …), a large collection of drawings (including 40 sheets by Raphaël), a sculpture gallery (Carpeaux, Rodin, Claudel, Bartholdi…) and 17th and 18th century ceramics.
Also worthy of note is the presentation of relief maps of fifteen fortified towns in Northern France and Belgium (18th century models used by the French Kings during wars).
Open Monday: 2 pm - 6 pm, Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday, the 1st week-end of September (Lille Flea market) and some bank holidays (01/01, 01/05, 14/07, 01/11 and 25/12). Free with the City Pass!
THE HOSPICE COMTESSE MUSEUM
Located in the heart of Old Lille, the museum is housed in the hospital which was founded in 1237 by the Countess Jeanne de Flandre and which remained in service until 1939. The present buildings date back to the 15th, 17th and 18th centuries. They consist of a hospital ward with a panelled barrel vault ceiling, a chapel decorated with the coats of arms of the hospital’s main benefactors and buildings belonging to the community of Augustine nuns, all arranged around two courtyards and a medicinal garden.
Since 1962, these buildings are the setting for a collection of paintings, tapestries, wood sculptures and porcelain from the region, thus creating the atmosphere of a 17th century Flemish small convent.
32 rue de la Monnaie
Bus 14 or Navette Vieux Lille – Stop: Lion d’Or
Tel: +33 (0)3 28 36 84 00
Open Monday: pm - pm, Wednesday - Sunday: am - pm. Closed on Tuesday, the 1st week-end of September (Lille Flea Market) and some bank holidays (01/01, 01/05, 14/07, 15/08, 01/11 and 25/12). Free with the City Pass!
CHARLES DE GAULLE'S BIRTHPLACE AND MUSEUM
Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille on November 22nd 1890 in the house of his maternal grandparents at 9 Rue Princesse. He was baptised on the same day in the nearby Saint-André church. Listed as a Historic Monument, the house was bought in 1967 by a group of friends of the General. Now a museum, it recreates the atmosphere of a typical late 19th century home of the Northern French industrial middle class. The family keepsakes and personal objects on display (cradle, christening robe, Saint-Cyr sword, etc.) are a reminder of De Gaulle’s younger days. A recently developed multimedia centre also looks back over the great statesman’s historic work.
9 rue Princesse
Bus 14 or 50 – Stop: Les Bateliers
Tel: +33 (0)3 59 73 00 30 - lenord.fr/maisondegaulle Open Wednesday - Saturday: am - pm / pm - pm, Sunday: pm - pm (in June, July and August: am - pm / pm - pm). Last sale of tickets one hour before the closing hours. Free with the City Pass!
THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Located in the former university district, this exciting museum offers a journey through time and across the continents.
Ethnographic and industrial collections have been gradually added to the original zoology and geology galleries. This type of collection is unique in France and includes over 250,000 objects. The museum regularly organises temporary exhibitions to present them.
Open on Monday and from Wednesday to Friday: 9.30 am - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday, the 1st week end of September (Lille Flea Market) and some bank holidays (01/01, 01/05, 14/07, 15/08, 01/11, 11/11 and 25/12). Opening times may change according to temporary exhibitions. Free with the City Pass!
THE CANONNIERS MUSEUM
Installed in the former Urbanist convent, this museum presents a large number of documents, objects and equipment related to the Sainte Barbe Brotherhood and Lille's city defences. 3000 objects are on display: rifles from 1777 to 1945, knives and two exceptional cannons, the famous Gribeauval cannons that Napoleon Bonaparte offered to the canonneers.
44 rue des Canonniers (entrance on rue des Urbanistes)
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 55 58 90 Metro line 1 or 2 - stop: Gare Lille Flandres
Open Monday - Saturday: 2 pm - 5 pm.
Closed on Sunday, bank holidays and from December 15 to February 5 andthe first three weeks of August. Free with the City Pass!
THE MAIN MUSEUMS AROUND LILLE
LA PISCINE, MUSEUM OF ART AND INDUSTRIE ANDRE DILIGENT
In the exceptional surroundings of what used to be A.Baert's 1932 Art Déco swimming baths, the Museum of Art and Industry offers its visitors an original setting for its collections of applied arts ( drawings, textiles and ceramics) and fine-arts ( 19th and 20th Centuries paintings and sculptures).
23 rue de l'Espérance - Roubaix - Tel: +33 (0)3 20 69 23 60 www.roubaix-lapiscine.com Metro line 2 - stop: Gare Jean Lebas Open Tuesday - Thursday : 11 am - 6 pm, Friday : 11 am - 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday : 1 pm - 6 pm. Closed on Monday and some bank holidays. Free with the City Pass!
With a prestigious collection of modern art (Braque, Kandisky, Klee, Léger, Miro, Modigliani, Picasso) a reference for contemporary art ( Boltanski, Buren, Deacon, McCollum, Messager) and the largest collection of outsider art in France (Corbaz, Darger, Forestier, Lesage, Wölfli) the LaM is a major museum of 20th century art in the north of Europe.
1 allée du Musée - Villeneuve d'Ascq - Tel: +33 (0)3 20 19 68 68 - www.musee-lam.fr Metro line 1 - stop: Pont de Bois + bus Liane 4 - stop: LaM Open Tuesday - Sunday : 10 am - 6 pm. Closed on Monday, on 1/1, 1/5 and 25/12.
MUba Eugène Leroy
Housed in a 20th century mansion, the museum encourages dialogue through the contemporary art and performance or centuries-old pieces. The museum also pays tribute to the artist Eugène Leroy (1910-2000).
2 rue Paul Doumer - Tourcoing - Tel.: +33 (0)3 20 28 91 60 www.muba-tourcoing.fr Metro line 2 - stop: Tourcoing Centre Open every day except on Tuesday: 1 pm - 6 pm. Closed on bank holidays, last Monday of July, 1st Monday of September.
MAISON DE L'ARCHITECTURE ET DE LA VILLE DU NORD-PAS DE CALAIS The main purpose is to spread and to promote architecture and urbanism by organising events throughout the year. Place François Mitterrand (sous le viaduc Le Corbusier) Tel: +33 (0)3 20 14 61 15 www.mav-npdc.com
MUSEE PASTEUR, CALMETTE ET GUERIN This former clinic adjacent to the Institut Pasteur, and established in 1901 by Albert Calmette, now houses a museum devoted to the work of Louis Pasteur, Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin, displaying many items, engravings and photos, as well as text panels. 24 boulevard Louis XIV Tel.: +33 (0)3 20 87 79 47
MUSEE HOSPITALIER REGIONAL DE LILLE Guided visit of the former hospital (15th century) every Tuesday from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. 224 rue de Paris Tel.: +33 (0)3 20 44 59 62 (poste 339.17)