Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Prestigious art museum features works of Goya, Donatello and Veronese along with German paintings and sculptures from the 15th and 16th centuries.
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  • Conrad H
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fine way to spend a couple of hours
    The Wife and I were spending a long, autumn weekend in Lille. There's only so much sitting outside under clear blue skies with a glass of wine any couple can bear, so we decided to spend a couple of cultural hours in this renowned art gallery. OK... so some of the religious paintings and artefacts were not to our tastes, nor were most of what could be described as 'antiquities', but when it was good, it was very, very good. For us, the stand-out was Donatello's Feast of Herod relief sculpture - how is it possible that something so flat has so much depth and perspective? Extraordinary! John Isaacs' Architecture of Empathy ran it a close second. I may have misinterpreted Rodin's The Fallen Angel, but I thought it to be nearly as risque as Bernini's Ecstasy of St Teresa. There was also a very disturbing Goya. (Old Women/Time) and a mighty fine Breugel (The Census at Bethlehem). The Impressionism room was dotted with occasional Manets, Monets, Turners etc. A fine was to spend a couple of hours sans-vin.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • John B
    Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful museum
    Be sure to check the opening times before you visit The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille as this municipal museum opens at 14.00 on Mondays and is closed on Tuesdays. The ground floor is expansive and contains a sculpture court, a coffee bar a shop and places to rest or work. There are also some impressive digital presentations taking place. In the far corner there is a lift attractively printed with a Bruegel picture which takes you up to the expansive picture gallery, there is simply too much to see in one visit. The walls are crammed with pictures. Downstairs in the basement there are some very interesting exhibits from antiquity and the medieval period displayed in an engaging atmosphere. Tip: More importantly don’t trust your iPhone map as mine took me to the back entrance which is only for people working there. The main entrance is at the corner of the park, Place de la Republic.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Ivan T.
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must-do in Lille
    [actual visit took place in December 2022] This is a fantastic museum with plenty of nice paintings on display. The building itself is an interesting example of the architecture from the times when North of France had a stronger economic standing. We would recommend dedicating at least 2-3 hours to visiting this museum. It could be a good thing to do in the 2nd half of the day, before hitting the bar scene (there are plenty of good restaurants and bars in the walking distance from this museum).
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • Flower53_10
    Tbilisi, Georgia1,739 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must in Lille
    This is a beautiful museum, the building is old and magnificent, but what is the most interesting here in the art. You can admire a lot of beautiful art pieces even the old Egypt, Roman times etc, but what I liked the most is their paintings, especially beautiful pieces by impressionist. Not to miss while in Lille.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Robbert L
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very pleasant surprise
    A very pleasant surprise. By mete coincedence we ended up in Lille and decided to visit this museum. Quite a collection of paintings with Monet, Seurat, Sisley, Manet, Rubens, many Dutch such as Frans Hals and Jan Steen, also Goya and Velasquez, and many other luke a Picasso and Brueghel. Quite some beautiful sculptures a.o. Rodon and Zadkime. Reliefs in the basement from appro 15 cities. Never seen before..And paintings and other relics from the middle ages. Very much worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2024
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Niels H
Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This museum, already a grand building in itself, is a real wonderful museum. Especially its collection of paintings is superb, with dutch/flemish greats like Rubens, Breughel and van Dyck and also other great artists like the Picasso and the french impressionists. It is special that this great place only charges a 7 euro entrance fee (2020). In my country museums are much more expensive. Keep in mind that entrance is free on the first sunday of every month.
Written 5 August 2020
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Hoppity
London, UK237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Wonderful setting for wonderful art. The collection was a bit smaller than we'd imagined, especially in such a spacious setting and while the ground floor collection is beautifully displayed some of the upper rooms feel under-lit - but overall a stunning art gallery. The map room in the basement is a rare treat and well worth a visit. Also loved the Constance Guisset windmill seating in all the galleries.
Written 4 February 2020
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Michele
London, UK32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Really, if you love art, don’t visit here. A beautiful building with paintings in an interior so gloomy that it’s really difficult to see anything. In addition, some of them have darkened with age and could be cleaned, so the overall effect is extremely frustrating.
Written 21 January 2020
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Sandra C
Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was really a fantastic place to visit. It is an art museum with wonderful collections. Gallery 17 was amazing - you could get so close to Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Monet, Rodin etc. On 3 floors there is something wonderful to see at each turn. Also 2 for 1 ticket if you show Eurostar ticket. Very cheap for a great few hours. Free coat room, free WiFi and a small cafe. Do not miss this place!!
Written 10 March 2020
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Chris L
London, UK467 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The museum was one of the main reasons we came to Lille and we were very disappointed. It is a vast building but actually has a very small amount of art on display. Worse, two of the major galleries were unlit with only limited daylight to see by. Very odd. On a positive note the display of 16/17th century scale models of nearby cities and their defences was quite amazing.
Written 28 November 2021
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Ivan T.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
[actual visit took place in December 2022]

This is a fantastic museum with plenty of nice paintings on display. The building itself is an interesting example of the architecture from the times when North of France had a stronger economic standing.

We would recommend dedicating at least 2-3 hours to visiting this museum. It could be a good thing to do in the 2nd half of the day, before hitting the bar scene (there are plenty of good restaurants and bars in the walking distance from this museum).
Written 4 February 2024
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Ssy
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Solo
As described, this is a large gallery & it would be optimistic to see and appreciate all that is on display!
On the lower level are a number of 17th C relief displays of Low Country cities. These were used by the military of the time, and the planners in Ypres used it to assist with rebuilding the city after the damage of WW1. These were a surprise find for me.
Upstairs & in adjacent rooms are the more traditional artworks, with many of the well known artists represented.
The building itself is magnificent, and has been recently renovated.
Written 3 July 2023
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sus67
London, UK270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This large museum about 10 minutes from the Grande Place in Lille is worth a visit. It has a whole floor devoted to paintings, but there are also many items representing religious iconography. Particularly worth seeing are the "minatures" of old towns - they are incredibly well recreated, and give a good picture of what the towns looked like in real life, all those years ago.
Written 30 September 2022
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forestxmummy
St Briavels56 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
There is very little signage. We unfortunately only had 90 minutes, which was never going to do this magnificent building Justice. Most of the stairs were closed. The map was very basic snd the guides couldn’t direct us to specific paintings eg Delacroix. Lots of emphasis on wearing rucksacks at the front and not standing too close, producing your ticket for each floor etc but staff have no knowledge of the collection. There were huge paintings just leaning up the frames of others. Lots of empty rooms and paintings on loan. Titles of paintings missing, so we had to Google a lot. There are tours on the online QR code site, but without signage it was impossible to follow these (eg arrows with numbering maybe). We did see some fabulous impressionist works - but hung on gaudy purple walls which affected the tints. Just really frustrating as it is supposed to be the second best gallery outside Paris. The collection maybe, but it is not accessible. The interactive exhibition downstairs was amazing, great for all ages and staff really helpful there.
Written 14 December 2022
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JV777
London, UK92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I visited with my 5yo - was hoping for an hour or so wandering the amazing art collection. It was good but not especially tourist friendly and very focussed on tickets, security, covid passes, masks etc... The Goya expo is good, staff were careful to explain that it wasn't very child friendly and boy were they not wrong about that! :-) We spent a couple of hours here and it was pretty amazing except perhaps the warehouse full of crockery!
Written 24 January 2022
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