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PostHeaderIcon Palais des Beaux Arts in Picardy

There are many things that you can do when you are in Picardy but a visit to the Palais des Beaux Arts, (Place de la Republique, 18 bis rue de Valmy – 59000 Lille) needs to be a part of the must- see itinerary of every well traveled tourist. Not only are you going to be fascinated by the magnificent art collection here, but you are going to see the true heritage and legacy of France, in the shape of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and other irresistible “master pièce de résistances”, here, no pun intended. So it does not matter whether you are interested in medieval art or in 18th and 19th century porcelain; you are going to find something to enthrall you, right here!

Palais des Beaux Arts

Palais des Beaux Arts

A number of these creations were originally part of collections in the 16th and 17th century convents and churches or displayed at the Academy of arts. So you are a fan of Rubens cherubs, and Angels, this is the place to visit. This museum was thought up in 1792, thanks to the vision of Louis Watteau, but it opened its gates in 1809, when art collections looted from churches, the Louvre and from Versailles or confiscated from aristocrats during the Terror , by the revolutionaries, were brought here under army escort. And so the Palais des Beaux Arts came into existence.

Along with paintings, you are also going to see a magnificent collection of postage stamps, ceramics, and medieval sculpture in a different section, which was built in 1869. This museum was originally the Rihour Palace. The postage stamp collection is priceless and supposed to be one of the best of its kind in France.
So you are going to find masterpieces of Delacroix, Watteau,Raphael,Donatello, Corot, Sisley and Monet,Goya and van Ruisdale here. By 1875, there were more than 715 pricelss works of art, added to the collection present here, thanks to the people of Lilles and the State, contributing to this rich historic heritage.

The museum is open from 10 to 6 Wednesday to Sunday. It is open on Monday afternoons from 2 to 6. Tuesdays closed. It is also closed on 1 January, the first of May, 14 July, the first weekend of September, the first of November and the 25th of December. A ticket is going to cost you EUR5.50, but it you are in the 12 to 25 age group, you are going to pay EUR3.80. Entrance free from all those who want to come and meditate here. Children less than 12 years accompanied by a parent get a discount. Take the Metro Line 1 and get off at the République Beaux Arts stop. The line 74 Transpole, Citadine and Liane 1 transport network is going to transport you (!, no pun intended) to this museum. Lesquin airport is 20 min.drive away. You can also walk to Lille station, which is about 10 min. away from this museum. Enjoy your trip!