les-musees-du-nord

Beautiful museums to tour in the North of France

History and heritageAround the art

Esprit de France is delighted to help you explore three towns on this tour via the local museums (Contemporary Art, beaux-arts and Modern Art) and architecture (Flemish, Modernist, Art Déco and more).

We recommend staying at the Hôtel Louvre-Lens for this tour.


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  • 3 days
    3 nights
  • Stages: 
    3
    103 km
  • From
    320€
    (double
    occupancy)
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Step by step

  • D1

    A day around the Hôtel Louvre Lens

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    The whole day visiting Lens and the Louvre-Lens Museum. We suggest starting at Place Jean Jaurès, in the town centre to see Saint-Léger church which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The one you see today dates back to the early 20th century. Then walk along Boulevard Basly to enjoy the Art Déco facades and learn about the town's mining history at the exhibition and archives at the miner's union hall (la Maison Syndicale). Keep the afternoon free to visit the Louvre-Lens Museum. It is divided into three exhibition areas presenting major paintings, sculptures, objects and mosaics from the Paris Louvre collections. The Galerie du Temps in the centre of the museum adds a new spati-temporal dimension to the visit. Over 200 works covering 5,000 years of history are presented in this section in a novel, chronological and educational fashion. The visiting exhibitions (twice a year) are always internationally reputed collections promoting artists, eras and civilisations all connected through Art and history.

    Book your 1st night at the Hôtel Louvre Lens - the transformed remains of an old mining colliery.

  • D2

    From the Hôtel Louvre Lens to Lille

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    Starts in Lille exploring the Old Town district on foot. La Grand’ Place is the best spot to contemplate the old stock exchange (la Vieille Bourse), considered to be one of the city's most beautiful monuments. To most interesting way there is via rue Esquermoise, the main retail street in the old town with remarkable Flemish facades, then onto the high-end private town houses in rue Royale. At some point you will cross rue de La Monnaie, one of the oldest streets in the city. Later on we suggest taking a break at la Place aux Oignons, a charming square full of flowering terraces where you can enjoy traditional waffles (recipe dates back to 1849) at Méert. Spend the afternoon at the Palais des Beaux-Arts art and antique museum. The listed historical monument showcases prestigious collections of French and European paintings, sculptures, ceramics and drawings. Major artists such as Goya, Delacroix, Courbet and Rubens are usually on show.

    Book your 2nd night at the Hôtel Louvre Lens - the transformed remains of an old mining colliery.

  • D3

    From Lille to Roubaix

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    Start the third and final day at Roubaix swimming pool. The old Art Déco style facility was built in the 1920-1930s and has been converted into an Art and industry museum. The exhibitions include collections of Applied Arts (drawings, textiles, ceramics) and Fine Arts (19th & 20th century paintings and sculptures). Stop off at the pool café to enjoy the interior garden from the terrace. The Villa Cavrois is a few miles further on. Paul Cavrois commissioned architect Robert Mallet Stevens for the work in 1929, resulting in a masterpiece of modern architecture. The house was designed to accommodate a large family and the variety of precious materials such as marble and wood as well as the lighting, the mirrors and furniture make the villa a very unique residence. We suggest ending the afternoon by visiting the LaM museum (Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art). 4,500 20th and 21st century works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Paul Klee and many more are on show in the middle of park full of sculptures. The museum presents paintings, sculptures, drawings, sketches, objects and contemporary art installations.
    Book your 3rd night at the Hôtel Louvre Lens - the transformed remains of an old mining colliery.