Musee Hospice Comtesse

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Musee Hospice Comtesse
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Very good

Amelia M
Plymouth, UK64 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Audio guide was worth it as gave you the history. Good place to visit and see the goods works they use to do for everyone. Very interesting.
Written July 3, 2018
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Paris1,034 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
After visiting the Cathedral de la Treille I decided to go to visit the Musee Hospice Comtesse in rue de la Monnaie which is not far from the cathedral, in le Vieux Lille. You could easily miss it because it is a gate in this small old street but it is indicated by a board. The ticket office is just under the beautiful arch, on the left side. There was also a temporary exhibition about old shops in Lille so I decided to take a ticket for both, at seven Euros I didn't find it outrageous. After you get your ticket, you enter in a large courtyard surrounded by beautiful buildings which give a good idea of the Flamish architecture from the 15th to the 17th Centuries. The museum is located a beautiful Renaissance Hotel Particulier. It gives a fascinating insider view of a wealthy Flamish house in Lille, with a magnificent kitchen tiled in white and blue, beautiful wood carved furniture full of beautiful white and blue dishes and ceramics, some interesting paintings of the famous Comte and Comtesse de Flandres, their families and some more everyday themes. On the first floor of the house you can see life in Lille before the French revolution through impressive paintings and interesting scientific objects like two huge Earth globes and some old scientific instruments. After seeing the museum, I went to the other part, which was the old hospital, to see the temporary exhibition. It was about old shops in Lille and was also very interesting. There you couldn't take any photos. Little corners were arranged like the shops of the time (late 19th century, early 20th Century). There was the tobacco shop, the fashion shop with very pretty dresses of the 19th Century, exquisitely done in velvet, silk, lace and embroideries; also the baker with a reconstitution of a tea room, pastry shop which exist to this day: Meert, famous for its traditional waffles. There was also a shop for musical instruments, showing photos of the masters luthiers making the violins, it was quite poignant to see the photos and working objects of these proud artisans in their shops. I liked this museum and the temporary exhibition very much and I think that the Musee Hospice Comtesse, from the Comtesse, Jeanne de Flandres who founded this hospital, well worth a visit.
Written May 28, 2015
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Maidstone, Kent26 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
With its archway entrance off a cobbled street, tiny ticket office in a gate room, and courtyard beyond, the Hospice feels more like an Oxbridge college than a museum. Only when you walk across the courtyard and into the first room, the kitchen, is the full extent of this fascinating museum revealed.

We visited one chilly Friday morning, and had the Hospice entirely to ourselves, a rare treat these days. Armed with their excellent (free) guidebook, we wandered from room to room, furnished as it was in the 17th century, when the sick and dying came here to be healed or to end their days in the care of nuns. What struck us most was the emphasis on hygiene, with the kitchen tiled in local Lille mock Delft tiles from floor to ceiling, a pattern repeated throughout the building. The furniture is all of the period, as are the paintings, including a heart-breaking series of children's portraits. Parts of the building and the site are actually much older; the Hospice was first established in the 12th century.

Upstairs, in the old dormatories, the museum opens out into one large exhibition space currently occupied with an eclectic mix of objects and paintings. We loved the medieval faces originally carved into the ends of building beams, and here presented as a series of carvings on display poles - looks much better than it sounds! The far end includes fascinating scenic panoramas of pagents and events in Lille by Watteau and others, while two enormous globes show the limited world view of their 17th century owners, including a big (unexplored) gap to the east of 'New Holland' !

The chapel is plain but worth a look for the paintings and the altarpiece, as well as the slightly disconcerting sight of two massive metal props holding the back walls up! There is a major renovation project in progress, and no doubt there will be more to see in the future, but we found it both charming and a fascinating insight into the life of Lille over several centuries.

Tip: the current toilet (singular, and very tight) is beyond the right hand door off the kitchen as you enter; ask the guard for directions as you can't access it as you exit, as we had hoped!
Written March 1, 2012
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Beverley, UK213 contributions
Dec 2019
This 14th century convent/hospital is well worth a visit and to read about it's very interesting history
Written December 8, 2019
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Ampthill, UK549 contributions
Sep 2019
In the heart of the old town, this small museum is worth a visit. There are a number of rooms on the ground floor, all furnished in the original style of 16th. And 17th. centuries. Upstairs there is a display of art and artefacts showing the history of Lille from the same period.

There is also a small herb garden. When we visited the ward and chapel were closed, but prices were not discounted to reflect this.

Although entrance is included in the City Pass, they charge 2 euros for the audio guides, which are essential.
Written October 3, 2019
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Philip L
Ipswich, UK173 contributions
Sep 2019
Step back into history as you walk through the hospice that has become a museum to its past. Worth paying the additional 2 euros for an audio guide, especially if you cant read French but also because it provides great back ground information. Currently the church and ward are inaccessible due to maintenance but there is still plenty to see.
Written September 7, 2019
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Solihull, UK3,487 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
This museum is located in the heart of Lille's old town. It is an interesting building with an interesting history, but the museum itself is not very large. The entrance fee is not excessive and a booklet explaining the history of the building is provided in English. There is however no translation on the fixed exhibitions in the museum. It won't take longer than an hour to view but we found it quite interesting and enjoyable.
Written November 20, 2018
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Annette M
Calgary, Canada83 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
This was my first stop on my trip to Lille and it definitely is worth a visit! The admission fee is 3.7 euros. There is a very helpful guidebook in 3 languages which explains the history and some of the highlights. The ward was not open for viewing when I was there because an art exhibition had closed on the previous day but the building containing the nuns' kitchen, dining hall, laundry, pharmacy, offices, etc. was very cool. The Flemish tiles are beautiful, as are the various pieces of carved wood furniture and fireplaces. The second floor is a gallery full of beautiful art, much of which explains the history of Lille such as the Austrian siege in 1792. You can also enter the small medicinal garden. My expectations were exceeded.
Written July 10, 2018
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Miami, FL32 contributions
Feb 2017 • Solo
This was a great stop on a Lille day trip. For 4 Euros, it was well worth the visit. Downstairs you can walk through the original rooms of the hospice, and upstairs (in the former dormitory) there is a great collection of both art and antiquities. The museum is small -- will only take you an hour or so -- but it well worth a stop off as you stroll the streets of Vieux Lille.
Written February 19, 2017
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York, UK48 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
Lovely small museum in an ancient hospice in the old town. Peaceful and charming with some interesting pieces. well worth 3.5euro
Written March 29, 2014
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