Lille Palace of Fine Arts

Local namePalais des Beaux-Arts
LocationLille, France

The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille is a municipal museum dedicated to fine arts, modern art, and antiquities. It is one of the largest art museums in France.

It was one of the first museums built in France, established under the instructions of Napoleon I at the beginning of the 19th century as part of the popularisation of art. Jean-Antoine Chaptal's decree of 1801 selected fifteen French cities to receive the works seized from churches and from the European territories occupied by the armies of Revolutionary France. The painters Louis Joseph Watteau and François Watteau, known as the "Watteau of Lille", were heavily involved in the museum's beginnings - Louis Joseph Watteau made in 1795 the first inventory of the paintings confiscated during the Revolution, whilst his son François was deputy curator of the museum from 1808 to 1823.

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Opening hours

Mon: 2 pm - 6 pm
Wed - Sun: 10 am - 6 pm

Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Jul 14, the first weekend of Sep, Nov 1, Dec 25


Permanent collection:
Adults: €7
Concessions: €4

For information concerning temporary exhibitions, please visit the official website.

Free admission for all on the first Sunday of the month.

More information and contact


Official Website



Phone +33 3 20 06 78 00

Address 18 Rue de Valmy, 59000 Lille, France

Coordinates 50°37'49.621" N 3°3'46.209" E

Tours and activities: Lille Palace of Fine Arts

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