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Palais des Beaux Arts

Place de la Republique, 59000 Lille, France
33 3 20 06 78 00
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Ranked #4 of 51 attractions in Lille
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Description: 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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The Palais des Beaux Arts is a beautiful museum in a very nice building. It covers good ground on historic paintings during the ages and you can get a good feeling for what paintings different era's represent. I loved the museum and am definitely planning on a second visit later.

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Verbier, Switzerland
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This art musee is billed as one of the best in regional France, outside Paris, and that may be true. It is housed in a large ungainly late 19thC building, but the museum was extensively renovated in the 1990s. There is an appealing large vacant internal ground floor space, now being used for ‚sound‘ art. The basement shows some very... More

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Witham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Spent 3 hours here and what a grand election of paintings and artefacts. Second only to the Louvre and you can see why. Go and enjoy (and it is not expensive to enter).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

although not as extensive as the Louvre in Paris, the Musee des Beaux Arts in Lille has its own charm. It's housed in a grand palace, and its exhibitions range from ancient Egypt and the Middle ages to Picasso and other modern artistes. 4 euros with the audioguide if youre a student and 6 euros without. it has a pretty... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Second visit to the best gallery out side of Paris I understand. You can hire hand held devices which explain every thing in English but you need your passport to hire one. A park like area in front of the gallery looks great on a sunny day although not as great as on the rain soaked day of our first... More

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A very pleasant museum. Was there on a Sunday afternoon and it was very quiet, which is an added bonus nowadays. Very interesting collection with some top works of art. Recommended.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The museum has a varied collection that is worth seeing and the facade of the museum is gorgeous. Note that on the first Sun on each month museums are free.

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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Not very inspiring and exciting. Few famous pieces, little information. Nice to visit when in Lille, 2 hours max is all you need, including coffee.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is apparently France's second best Musee des Beaux Arts and we certainly enjoyed our visit. Fantastic sculptures (with good english explanations of the important works on the free audio guide) , great historical pieces, a wonderful collection of paints old and new and then there were the models. They are table top models of towns across France and Flanders... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We had to stay over night in Lille due to travel arrangements and were very happy to find the Palais de Beaux Arts. What a gem! The museum is close to the city center, had fantastic art and overall was a great surprise! It's a definate must see when travelling in Lille! Don't miss it!

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