Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour in Lille, 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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Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour in Lille Map

Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour in Lille
Guide Location: France » Lille (See other walking tours in Lille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: rose
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 - 6:30 pm (June, July and August: 10 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 8 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 – 12:30 pm; 2 pm – 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: Monday - Saturday: 2 pm - 5 pm
Espace Point Barre

4) Espace Point Barre

Espace Point Barre is located in a 16th century building on Rue de la Barre. This 100 square meter gallery specializes in sculpture, displaying the works of ten sculptors on a regular basis. It is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or by appointment.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 2 pm - 7 pm
Galerie Régis Dorval

5) Galerie Régis Dorval

Galerie Régis Dorval, located on Boulevard de la Liberté, specializes in modern art, displaying the works of French and international artists such as Vasarelli, Kijno and many other famous painters. Discover magnificent pieces of modern art at Galerie Régis Dorval.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 12:30 pm; 3 pm - 7 pm;
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

6) 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

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Galerie Raison d'Art

7) Galerie Raison d'Art

Raison d'Art, located on Bis Boulevard de la Liberté, exhibits the works of numerous contemporary artists such as Jean Rustin, Jef Aerosol and more. Raison d’Art is owned by Doutriaux Sophie, a Master in Business Law with a great passion for art.

Operation hours: Thursday - Saturday: 2 pm - 7 pm; other days: by appointment
Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille

8) 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 am - 12 pm; 2 pm - 5 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Musée de l'Institut Pasteur

9) 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.
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
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
Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Lille

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Lille

Lille is a great place for family entertainment, offering many enjoyable attractions, most of them with free admission. Among the city’s attractions are a zoo, an amusement park, a puppet theater and magnificent gardens. Follow this tour for a fun and educational time with your children in Lille.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 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
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lille for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lille has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lille, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.