A great idea from the French Ministry of Culture (in 2003 - President J.P. Raffarin) to build a new Louvre in Lens, to revive this old mining town. It is a success.
The temporary exhibition is from RUBENS - and is superb! Then the permanent exhibition is "La Galerie du Temps" (Timeline). The objects are from the collections of the Musee du Louvre in Paris. These objects are from BC 3500 to AD 1750. So you have 5250 years of art and history in one place! It is very informative and beautiful! Explanation in 3 languages (French, English and Flamish).
There is a fee for the temporary exhibition only. ( 9 euro)
If you want a quick bite, there is a cafeteria but if you want a good lunch and time to rest, there is a nice restaurant (it is suggested to make a reservation before you go.)
We had a very nice day.