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The Lille Palais des Beaux Arts - an absolute must!

Situated on the Place de la République, the Lille Palais des Beaux-Arts is built in the neoclassical architectural style in 1892. To make it more accessible and welcoming, renovations took place between 1991 and 1997. The existing building now combines the old and the new with enormous glass walls which reflect the original building. One of France’s best for its internationally renowned collection, the museum provides an in-depth insight into European artistic movements from the 12th century to today. Works by Ruben rub shoulders with Monet, Donatello echoes Sisley, and Goya’s “Old Women” confronts Fernand Léger’s “Two Women with Blue Vase”!

« Creation brings joy: the greater the creation, the greater the joy » - H.Bergson

The Palais des Beaux-Arts also receives eclectic and prestigious temporary exhibitions. For example, the legendary Pharaoh, Sesostris III attracted over 100,000 visitors. And now, move over for “Joie de Vivre” - joy of life! The “Joie de Vivre“ exhibition is the highlight of the Autumn season, and part of the new season’s programme for Lille 3000 Renaissance. Happiness and gaiety have invaded the whole museum with more than 120 works in 5 different sections. We guarantee that visitors will leave enchanted and light- hearted! Other events mark the life of the museum throughout the year. In May, you can visit the museum with a new perspective during the Night at the Museum season. Surprise activities and events for everyone!