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Museum of Fine Arts The city's cultural treasure

Listed as a historic monument since 1975, the Palais des Beaux-Arts is without doubt one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. Its façade reflects the eclecticism of Lille’s late 19th-century architecture and, like the Prefecture du Nord opposite, bridges the gap between the old city of Lille and the new districts of Fives, Wazemmes, Moulins and Esquermes, which were incorporated into the municipality in 1858.

The reference in Fine Arts

In its galleries, the museum of Fine Arts presents a rich collection of French and European paintings (Van Dyck, Rubens, Delacroix, Goya, etc.), sculptures (Rodin, Claudel, Carpeaux, etc.), drawings (including 40 sheets by Raphael), ceramics and other astonishing works, such as the relief plans of some 15 towns in Flanders, fortified by Vauban in the 17th century.

The charm of the building, combined with the finesse of the works of art on display, transforms a simple visitor’s tour into a fully-fledged experience, combining cultural and architectural discoveries.

A unique experience and immersive

Whether on your own or with the help of a tour guide, the 16 rooms and 2 basements will introduce you to classical, neoclassical, impressionist, romantic, realist, contemporary and other masterpieces.

Occasionally, the auditorium at the rear of the museum opens its doors for lectures, screenings, master classes and other demonstrations dedicated to music or the visual arts.