Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille (must see)

The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille is one of the largest museums in France. It was one of the first museums, established under the instructions of Napoleon I at the beginning of the 19th century as part of the popularisation of art. The museum opened in 1809 and was initially housed in a church, before being transferred to the city's town hall. In 1866, the "musée Wicar", formed from the collection of Jean-Baptiste Wicar, was merged into the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

Construction of the Palais's current Belle Époque style building began in 1885 and it was completed in 1892. At the start of the 1990s, the building's poor state and the moving of Vauban's relief models of fortified towns to Lille forced the town to renovate the building. Work began in 1991 and was completed in 1997. Overall the museum covers 22000 square meters, the second largest collection in France after the Louvre. Its sculptures, paintings, drawings, ceramics and so on include works by Raphael, Donatello, Van Dyck, Tissot, Jordaens, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, David, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Delacroix, Rubens, Rodin, Claudel and Jean-Baptiste Chardin.

Operation hours: Monday: 2 pm - 6 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

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Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille on Map

Sight Name: Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
Sight Location: Lille, France
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour in Lille   City Orientation Walk   Historic Architecture Walking Tour in Lille  

Walking Tours in Lille, France

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lille is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour in Lille

Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour in Lille

Lille is home to great museums and art galleries that reveal its rich culture and history. It boasts Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, one of the largest museums in France, and the Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum. Don’t hesitate to spend a few hours touring Lille's magnificent museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Lille is an adorable French city with a distinct history and culture. The landmarks presented in this tour will certainly catch your eye, enrich your senses and leave you with good memories of the city. Discover Lille’s best attractions in this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Chocolate Shops Walk in Lille

Chocolate Shops Walk in Lille

If you are a chocolate fan, this tour is just what you need. Lille candy shops offer a variety of chocolates and other sweets. Most manufacturers respect traditional methods and products are handmade. Discover Lille’s wide variety of sweets in the following this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Churches Walking Tour in Lille

Churches Walking Tour in Lille

Most of Lille’s churches are Roman Catholic, many of them historical monuments and have splendid architecture and magnificent interiors that will definitely catch your eye. Don’t hesitate to take this tour to discover Lille’s wonderful historic churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Lille Modern Buildings Walking Tour

Lille Modern Buildings Walking Tour

Lille boasts many beautiful modern buildings. The main characteristics of Lille’s modern architecture are glass façades and elegant overhanging structures. Take this tour to discover the best in Lille’s modern architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Historic Architecture Walking Tour in Lille

Historic Architecture Walking Tour in Lille

Lille historic architecture differs slightly from the architecture of other French cities. Being a northern French city, it contains many Flemish style buildings and red brick structures, which are uncommon in France. Lille boasts many stunning and unique buildings of varying design. Discover the magnificent flavor of Lille’s architecture in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km