Palais des Beaux-Arts is Lille’s main art museum. It’s housed in an impressive 19th-century monument with interesting design touches.
Napoleon, um, encouraged the museum’s initial collection by obtaining the pieces from churches and other monument throughout Europe.
An assortment of art is here: 15th-20th century European paintings, prints and drawings, antiquities, 17th- and 18th-century ceramics and 19th-century French sculptures.
We only spent time on the top floor, which houses the paintings, since we wanted to head back home before the snow got too heavy. France’s motorways are famously ill-maintained in snowstorms.
The permanent collection is very regional and has some Rubens, Van Dycks, Goyas, Monets and Van Goghs. I wish we had time to view more.
It was particularly nice that the museum was not crowded on a Sunday afternoon, though the weather surely had a lot to do with that.
Open Monday: 2 pm – 6 pm, Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Place de la République
18 bis, rue de Valmy, Lille, France 59000