Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Lille

Palais des Beaux Arts

Inaugurated in 1892, Lille's illustrious Fine Arts Museum claims France's second-largest collection after Paris' Musée du Louvre. Its cache of sublime 15th- to 20th-century paintings include works by Rubens, Van Dyc…
Top Choice Gallery in Lille

La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie

An art deco municipal swimming pool built between 1927 and 1932 is now an innovative museum showcasing fine arts (paintings, sculptures, drawings) and applied arts (furniture, textiles, fashion) in a delightfully wa…
Museum in Lille

Musée d'Art Moderne, d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut – LaM

Colourful, playful and just plain weird works of modern and contemporary art by masters such as Braque, Calder, Léger, Miró, Modigliani and Picasso are the big draw at this renowned museum and sculpture park in the …
Historic Building in Lille

Hôtel de Ville

Built between 1924 and 1932, Lille's city hall is topped by a slender, 104m-high belfry that was designated a Unesco-listed monument in 2004. Climbing 100 steps leads to a lift that whisks you to the top for a stunn…
Area in Lille

Wazemmes

For an authentic taste of grass-roots Lille, head to the ethnically diverse, family-friendly quartier populaire (working-class quarter) of Wazemmes, 1.3km southwest of place du Général de Gaulle, where old-school pr…
Gallery in Lille

Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse

Within a red-brick 15th- and 17th-century poorhouse, this absorbing museum features ceramics, earthenware wall tiles, religious art, 17th- and 18th-century paintings and furniture, and a detailed exhibit on the hist…
Arts Centre in Lille

Le Tripostal

Splashed with street art murals, this cavernous red-brick postal sorting centre was transformed into an arts centre in 2004, when Lille was the European Capital of Culture. Changing art and photography exhibitions (…
Museum in Lille

Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle

The upper-middle-class house in which Charles de Gaulle was born in 1890 is now a museum presenting the French general and president in the context of his times, with an emphasis on his connection to French Flanders…
Historic Building in Lille

Vieille Bourse

Ornamented with caryatids and cornucopia, this Flemish Renaissance extravaganza was completed in 1653. It consists of 24 separate houses set around a richly ornamented interior courtyard that hosts a used-book marke…
Fortress in Lille

Citadelle

At the northwestern end of bd de la Liberté, this massive, star-shaped fortress was designed by renowned 17th-century French military architect Vauban after France captured Lille in 1667 and completed in 1670. Made …