So one of the must see stops in Lille is the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille, which reportedly houses the second most important collection in France – after only the Louvre.

When we met up in Lille it was raining a little, so we decided it might be a good idea to visit the museum first and then walk around the city later when it promised to clear up. So we walked over to the museum – about 15 minutes from the city center – and we were surprised to find it was closed. Not only closed on this day (a Monday) but it was going to be closed for several days – as told to us by a very kind fellow tourist who for some reason apologized profusely.

This news was most unwelcome, but now I have a built in excuse go back to the beautiful city that is Lille.

About Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille:

“The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille houses one of the most important museum collections in France. Within this sumptuous late nineteenth century building, designed between 1889 and 1892 by Parisian architects Berard and Delmas, and completely renovated between 1991 and 1997, a prestigious collection of painting, sculpture, drawings and ceramics is presented.”

Visit Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille online and check out their hours of operation (gulp) here.