Museums and Art Galleries (Self Guided), 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.
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Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries
Guide Location: France » Lille (See other walking tours in Lille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum
  • Hospice Comtesse Museum
  • Musée des Canonniers
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
  • Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille
  • Musée de l'Institut Pasteur
Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum

1) Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum (must see)

The Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum is located inside the former childhood home of the famous military man and illustrious French president. The museum preserves the atmosphere of the 19th century house where Charles de Gaulle was born in 1890. It features photographs and various documents related to his childhood, maturity and his presidency.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm; Sunday: 1:30 pm - 6 pm.
Hospice Comtesse Museum

2) Hospice Comtesse Museum (must see)

This museum is located in the former Comtesse Hospital and named after its founder. During the French Revolution it was used as a hospice for the elderly. Georges-Henri Riviere established it as a museum in 1969. Its interior is reminiscent of a 16th century Flemish house, displaying Flemish and northern French paintings, tapestries and local silverware.

Operation hours: Monday: 2 pm - 6 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Musée des Canonniers

3) Musée des Canonniers (must see)

This museum, located in the former Planners convent, displays a vast collection of objects from the Brotherhood of St. Barbara and military artifacts, including uniforms, knives, guns dating from 1777 to 1945 and other fascinating historical objects.

Operation hours: Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

4) Palais des Beaux-Arts de 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille

5) Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille (must see)

Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille, located on Rue de Bruxelles, is a great destination for children. The extraordinary zoological and geological collections are both fascinating and educational. It has been a popular attraction since its opening in 1822. Admission is free during the week and there is a small fee for weekend visits.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 5 pm; Saturday- Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Musée de l'Institut Pasteur

6) Musée de l'Institut Pasteur

This museum pays tribute to the famous French scientist, Louis Pasteur. On display are tools, prints and other items dedicated to his life and work, as well as exhibits related to Albert Calmette and Camille Guerin. Its initial exhibitions were gathered in 1973. Louis Pasteur was the dean of the faculty of sciences in Lille in 1854, noted for his achievements in the fields of chemistry and microbiology. The museum is open only by appointment.

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.
Lille's Historical Churches

Lille's Historical Churches

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: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Historic Architecture Walking Tour

Historic Architecture Walking Tour

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 or 1.6 Miles
Lille Introduction Walk

Lille Introduction 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 or 2.6 Miles
Lille's Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Lille's Modern Architecture 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 or 2.1 Miles