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Palais des Beaux Arts

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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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18 Bis Rue de Valmy | Place de la Republique, 59000, Lille, France
+33 3 20 06 78 00
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A huge building housing lots of art. Paintings and sculptures as well as temporary exhibitions. The lighting isn’t always good but plenty of different styles and art periods.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2018

I liked this museum, but agree with some of the other reviewers that the lighting in the museum is a serious problem. Too dark or too bright. Also the collection does not seem very logically arranged and it is hard to navigate the place. Explanations/discussions...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 7, 2018

Give it a minimum of half a day and take time, as we did to explore the collection. El Grecos, Goyas, Monets Vuillards are all to be enjoyed. The basement has some good medieval artefacts and paingings and there is an amazing Donatello bas -...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

After reading other reviews we thought this worth a visit, as it said it was only second to the Louvre. It cost €14 for two of us, but I would have to say it wasn't worth the money. Some areas are so dark you can...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Rather disappointing. We got in on a 2for1 deal using our Eurostar ticket but there is very little to guide you around once you are in. Endless rooms of paintings with poor lighting, no presentation and no explanation of the exhibits other than title artist...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful building, not too busy when we were there, helpful staff, average collection of art compared to galleries in major cities, and a nice way to get out of the Lille sun/rain. TOP TIP: KEEP YOUR EUROSTAR TICKET - IT GIVES YOU A 2 FOR...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

Seems to be half price admission, or two for one, for Eurostar travellers. Great art gallery with some fabulous paintings by Picasso, Klimt, Breughel, Bosch and many more.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

The audio commentary was one an ipod and no headphones available so you could hear people listening to this, which was very offputting. Also some of the pictures that had symbols against them, ie should have commentary, did not. I'd have liked more translations of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

The art available for viewing was ok. Then I made the mistake of ordering a slice of pizza for lunch. Twenty-five minutes later I was finally served my meal. It was not worth the wait. I didn’t expect much but the wait was annoying when...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The collection of Palais des Beaux Arts is interesting, although a bit limited when compared to other French cities. The infrastructure of the place seems to be decaying. Toilettes completely out of order. Deficient WiFi. The local café employs the grumpiest people in France. Kind...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Concert tickets at Palais des Beaux-Arts (2 Replies)
I'm trying to order concert tickets on-line through the BOZAR.be web site. The seating chart is very general - just categories 1 to 4. Trying to get 2 tickets and web page always shows Row Q, seats 17 and 19. If arranged like U.S. concert halls, this is as far to the side that you can get. 1. Am I correct that these are seats on or very near the side aisle? 2. Is there a way to select better seats on-line (not just categoies)? Thanks for any help on this one.
March 31, 2010|
Response fromDaveHMaryland|
Many, many thanks for the input - it certainly is not the same as the U.S. concert halls where most center sections have 3 digits and the sides are either even or odd 2 digit numbers. Your response helps in my plans. Thanks again, Dave
day trip in Lille without going into Palais des Beaux Arts? (3 Replies)
Hello there! Will be doing a day trip in Lille, before heading down to Provence at about 6pm. As the people I'm going with aren't exactly fans of art, I would be very grateful if anyone can tell me if I can successfully burn 7-8 hours simply by strolling in the old town, plus lunch and tea? I would also be very grateful if anyone can tell me if there are lockers in Gare Lille Flandres - I just changed trains there, actually, and it looked like a pretty big station, but I saw another...More
July 11, 2010|
Response fromstevozzz|
hey Keith Chesterfield thanks! turns out i'll be arriving in and departing from lille europe, so i guess problem's solved, sorry! that sounds good lol, so there's no quirky sites / attraction thats worth visitng in lille? cheers stevozzz
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Restaurant near Palais des Beaux-Arts? (3 Replies)
Planning to attend several shows at the Palais des Beaux-Arts--any suggestions for good food (& not outrageously expensive) near that building...or the Central train station? Would love to walk easily among the three. Thanks!
October 15, 2010|
Response fromqaminari|
It may depend on whether this would be before or after the show. If before, there are a couple of cafés/brasseries opposite Bozar and a nice branch of Natural Caffè on the rue du Mont des Arts next to the Albertine Gardens (see http://www.naturalcaffe.com/NATURAL-SPOTS.aspx), opposite The Square (convention centre); next to The Square is Kwint, which you will want to avoid as it's very expensive. Later on, the best bet in the area is probably the Museumbrasserie at the Musée des Beaux Arts,...More