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“Great, understated gallery”

Palais des Beaux Arts
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Ranked #6 of 133 things to do in Lille
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Owner description: Prestigious art museum features works of Goya, Donatello and Veronese along with German paintings and sculptures from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Sheffield
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“Great, understated gallery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Good variety of sculptures, paintings etc..Not in great profusion, so possible to see a lot of the galleries in, say, half a day, pop down to the cafe and go back to see favourites again. Some major surprises amongst the art- check it out for yourself!

Visited March 2013
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Colsterworth, United Kingdom
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“Not a 'must see' but very enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Highlights for me were Rodins Shadow, Rubens Deposition and the Monets on show.
Sadly the rest of the pieces, although magnificent, were a little wasted on the likes of me.
Very much an art lovers museum rather than a 'must see' tourist hotspot.

Admission was around the 6 euro mark which I thought was good value and the free Ipod based audio commentaries were excellent, very informative.

Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Visited March 2013
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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“Palais des Beaux Arts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Rather overwhelming but there is a free audio guide to selected parts of the collection. The cafe is excellent for a hot or cold meal or snack at a reasonble price. In walking distance of the centre

Visited March 2013
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Nottingham
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“Stunningly presented collection of treasures”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

I don't know whether Lille's Musee des Beaux Arts really is the second most important galley in France after the Louvre, as is cliamed, but it certainly is a stunning collection, beautifully exhibited. The building itself has been brought up to date with flair and style, without losing any of its original ambience, The audio guide (which I normally find intrusive) is highly recommended in this case - and it's free with the entry ticket.

Visited March 2013
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Wasn't that impressed....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

The building is pretty impressive, very photographic from the outside, but though there were some interesting pieces of art, in general most of the art was pretty boring.

Visited March 2013
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