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The Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is thought to be the largest general interest museum in France after the Louvre. The collections are the object of worldwide renown and provide a comprehensive over view of the great artistic movements of Europe from the 12th to the 20th century.
Palais des Beaux-Arts - Lille mini guide
|Department:||North East France > Nord Pas de Calais > Nord >|
|Location:||Place de la République|
|Address::||Place de la République – 59000 Lille|
|Switch board number:||+33 (0)3 20 06 78 00|
|Visit owner's personal website:||http://www.pba-lille.fr/spip.php?rubrique31|
Subway 1 – stop République Beaux-Arts
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The Palais des Beaux-Arts houses in its imposing building collections of European paintings, a Prints and Drawings Room, a collection of Antiquities, a mediaeval and Renaissance collection, 17th and 18th century ceramics, 19th century French sculptures and 18th century scale models.
The building was completed between 1885 and 1892, is typical of the monumental architecture of the late 19th century. Of course time took its toll and restoration of the museum was completed in 1997. From a previous 15,000 m2, the museum’s surface area was increased to 22,000 m2, as the basements were converted into what are now the halls for the mediaeval and Renaissance collections. This newly renovated also area includes a hall for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, a library, and a space devoted to pedagogical workshops, plus the scale models room.
Also worthy of note is the presentation of relief maps (18th century models) of fifteen fortified towns in Northern France and Belgium.
The meseum is open Monday, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Wednesday through to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is closed Tuesday and some bank holidays.
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