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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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

That's it really the lighting was poor which is a great shame and frustrating for the visitor. One painting was so dark it was impossible to make out the subject matter at all. Personally the overall feel of being surrounded by dark religious oils was quite depressing The curators of this vast building could learn a thing or two by... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was a good break from the rain in Lille. The collections are good and arranged in an easy to follow way. The stand out is the Egyptian artefacts on -1. The mummified cat is awesome! The only problem is the audio guide (english) didn't match many of the numbers throughout the museum which was disappointing and the ones it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

As this is styled as the next best museum in France to the Louvre we had high expectation but were dissapointed. the vast building is not utilised to its full extent. It is mainly art works, plus a few antiquities and china.The scale models of towns andthe background to their history was interesting. Ensure that you take photo ID with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Good collection of artworks, including, understandably, French masters. The building is impressive and the basement rooms are superb with medieval art.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

spent at least two hours in this museum on my last day in lille,if you like art and statues make sure you go here as theres a lot to see and a good little cafe on site,just down the road from the cathedral,everything in lille is within walking distance

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were planning to visit the museum without going in as it was a beautiful day outside. However, there was an interesting expo when we were there so paid the small entrance fee of € 6,50. This includes a video and audio tourguide in English, Dutch or French. Being a novice at these things I was pleasantly surprised that the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Well worth visiting Lille just to go to this galery. Lots of major international art, as well as some more unusual stuff (like giant relief maps of Belgian towns!) in a historic bullding. But without the crowds of the Louvre. You can actually enjoy looking at the pictures.

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Second only to the Louvre, but without the queues and the crowds. I.D. only needed if borrowing an audio guide. Excellent art and sculptures. Do not miss out the basement with relief maps of several towns..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Visited in a group of 6 - paid entry fee's as we British do, but noticed other people just walked in and didn't bother paying. Staff not very helpful. We had a small iPod device with earphones attached from another desk - you need identification for these such as a passport or ID card. Another desk you have to leave... More

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