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 THE MUSEUMS IN LILLE
Fine Arts Museum in Lille

THE FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Due to the size of its permanent collections, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is considered to be the second 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).

October 10, 2014 - January 25, 2015: Legendary pharaoh Senusret III

 
  Place de la République

Metro line 1 – stop: République Beaux-Arts

Tel: +33 (0)3 20 06 78 00 - www.pba-lille.fr

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!

 
Museum of the Hospice Comtesse in Lille

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: 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, 15/08, 01/11 and 25/12).
Free with the City Pass!

 
Charles de Gaulle\'s birthplace and museum in Lille

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.

February 13 - July 6, 2014: "Le crépuscule de l'Europe"

 
 

9 rue Princesse

Bus 14 or 50 – Stop: Les Bateliers

Tel: +33 (0)3 59 73 00 30 - lenord.fr/maisondegaulle
Open Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 6 pm, Sunday: 1.30 pm - 6.30 pm (in June, July and August: 10 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 8 pm).
Last sale of tickets one hour before the closing hours.

Free with the City Pass!

 
Museum of natural history in Lille

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.

May 23, 2014 - January 4, 2015: Neandertal, The European

 
 

19 rue de Bruxelles

Bus 14 – Stop: J.B. Lebas

Tel: +33 (0)3 28 55 30 80
http://mhn.lille.fr

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 in Lille

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 and the 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).

February 15, 2014 - May 18, 2014: André Fougeron

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!

 

LaM

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.

February 14, 2014 - June 1, 2014: Meret Oppenheim

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).

April 17 - November 24, 2014: Elmar Trenkwalder

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.

 
 OTHERS MUSEUMS
  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)

 
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