The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, also known as the ‘Palace of Fine Arts’ is a museum that is dedicated to displaying fine arts, modern arts and artefacts in the French city of Lille. The museum was established and opened in 1809, originally in a church before it moved to the town hall for a short period. In 1892 a purpose built building was opened housing the museum, it was built to a Belle Epoque style, the building underwent a renovation in the 1990s and is still home to the museum today. The museum is thought to hold over 70,000 pieces and displays which include works of some reputable artists such as Raphael, Donatello, Rembrandt and El Greco.
The museum is situated at the heart of Lille, it is easily accessible by the public transport system. By metro, take line 1 to the ‘République Beaux-Arts’ station. By bus, take lines 12 or 18. If travelling by car there are 300 parking spaces local to the museum.
Opening Times and Admission
The museum is open six days of the week, Monday 2pm-6pm and Wednesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, with Tuesdays being the museums day of closure. Entrance to the museum costs 11 euros for adults and 9 euros for concessions this allows access to all of the museum's displays, prices are available at a cheaper rate if you only want to see certain exhibitions. The museum has a cafe open to visitors.