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Musee des Beaux Arts

Palais des Beaux Arts, Place de la Republique, 59000 Lille, France
00 33 3 20 06 78 00
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Ranked #7 of 51 attractions in Lille
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Owner description: CLOSED Tuesdays, for the Braderie (1st weekend in Sept) and some public holidays. Hours: Monday; 14.00-18.00; Wed-Sun 10.00-18.00 (later opening... more » Owner description: CLOSED Tuesdays, for the Braderie (1st weekend in Sept) and some public holidays. Hours: Monday; 14.00-18.00; Wed-Sun 10.00-18.00 (later opening until 19.00 on Fri) . « less
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I found the painting collections ok. I've probably been spoiled by Louvre, Rijksmuseum, etc. I liked the Medieval sculpture collection: some exquisite works in there. Some halls are made more interesting by the use of music composed by the band Air, which add a sound tapestry to the visual experience of the paintings.

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The collections are excellent and the relief town plans of Vauban installations. It would be nice if the museum staff are a bit more helpful - tell you about audio guides etc

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Fewer 20th century pieces than we expected to see given the size of this building. As one of Lille's major attractions we would have hoped for more sign posts , well at last as many as there are fir Tourist Information Centre. My final winge goes for the fact that you must have photo ID to hire the audio guide... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We entered the front doors and after paying the admission fee were confronted by a huge space with Air (the band, currently collaborating with the museum) barely audible! Where was all the artwork? A very strange set up for a museum, with no directions on the walls. Anyway, we walked across the large, empty expanse and turned: it was a... More

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Tring
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193 reviews 193 reviews
54 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Brimming with old masters and new masters and some stunning items. As good as the Louvre and a lot less crowded

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This museum (the second largest in France, I understand) is a must see attraction for the art lover. The building itself is stunning with the exhibitions laid out perfectly. There is currently (April 2014) a sound installation by the band Air (of Moon Safari fame) which adds a wonderful calming soundtrack to the experience. Make sure you go down to... More

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York, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Interesting collection in lovely surroundings. Nice and quiet when we visited. Only a short stroll from the Grand Place.

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The Hague
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

some older exhibitions or somewhat out of date but that adds to the charm; impressionism , naturalism is charming, but renovated cellars with medieval church art and with modern art very impressive

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Ascot
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220 reviews 220 reviews
69 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

A lovely couple of hours spent wandering around the large halls in this art museum. Not everything to our taste but a pretty impressive collection nonetheless. Reasonable entry fee and we particularly found the old city models in the dark basement areas very interesting and atmospheric.

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Leuven, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Seems to be after the Louvre one of the finest collections of arts to see : Rubens, Van Dijck, Breughel de jongere, Goya, ... medival and egytian art maquettes (very accurate and on large scale) of fortifications made by vauban (made to show to king Louis XIV) so splendid

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