Museums & Monuments: Nord

Musée Dunkerque 1940 Opération Dynamo
Housed in the coastal defence fortifications built in 1874 and the Allied headquarters of Operation Dynamo in 1940, the museum in Bastion 32 tells the story of the evacuation of 338,000 soldiers to Britain. Open daily from 10:00-17:00.
Le Musee d’Histoire Naturelle
One of the largest museums in the region, this natural history museum features displays of mammals, birds and insects as well as exhibits on ethnology, geology and industry. Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays. 19 rue de Bruxelles, Lille (59).
Musée Archéologique Arkeos
Museum taking visitors or a journey through time from the Palaeolithic to the present time. Located at 4401 route de Tournai 59500 Douai. Open from 10:00-18:00 April, May September and October, 10:00-19:00 June to August, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00 Novem...
Fondation Prouvost & Galerie Septentrion
Garden filled with sculptures by Jean de Bologne, Eugène Dodeigne, Jules Paressant and Paul Hemery. Located nearby is an artisan craft village. Located at Chemin des Coulons, 59700 Marcq-en-Baroeul. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Entrance €2.20-€7.50.
Musée du Dessin et l'Estampe
Print museum displaying presses, tools, videos, drawings and everything connected to printing in Europe over the last 500 years. Located at Château Arsenal 59820, Gravelines.
Musee Matisee (Matisse Museum).
Museum created by Matisse himself containing his own works and those of others. Frequent exhibitions during the year. Open everyday except Tuesdays from 10:00 to 18:00. Palais Fenelon, Place du Commandant-Richez, 59360 Le Cateau-Cambresis.
Hazebrouck Municipal Museum
Housed in the former Augustine friary, the museum houses French and Flemish paintings as well as gold coins and other historical artefacts. Located at Place Georges Degroote 59190, Hazebrouck. Entrance €1.50-€3.
Musee Municipal Saint-Amand-les-Eaux
Museum housed within the Benedictine Abbey of St. Amand and displaying ceramics and artwork from the surrounding areas. Located at Grand place 59230 Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 14:00-17:00 and Saturday and Sunday 10:3...
Musée des Augustins
Museum occupying the ground floor of the former 17th century convent building and specialising in local history, art work from southern Netherlands and French 19th and 20th century paintings. Located at 4 Place du General de Gaulle, 59190 Hazebrouck.
Forum Departemental des Sciences a Villeneuve dAscq
140-seat planetarium with a multimedia area. 1 place de lhotel de Ville, Villeneuve dAscq (59).
Musee des Cannoniers Sendentaires de Lille
The Musem of Lilles Gunners holds military memorabilia, documents and equipment related to the Saint Barbe Brotherhood and the citys defences. Located at 44 rue des Canonniers 59000, Lille. Open Saturday 10:00-18:00.
Musée Atelier du Verre
New for 2016 Contemporary glass museum located at 1 rue du Général de Gaulle, Sars-Poteries. Entry €3.
The Museum of Dolls and Old Toys: Chateau de Robersart
A nostalgic visit to 19th century porcelain dolls to the first Barbies of the 60s, plus toys galore. Open Sundays, Tuesdays and public holidays (except 25 December, 1 January), all year round from 14:00-18:00. Chateau de Robersart, 59110 Wambrechie
Le Musee de Plein Air
The open air museum offers visitors the chance to experience village life in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Located at 143 rue Colbert, 59650 Villeneuve dAscq.
The Citadel
The Citadel is still occupied by the army and may only be visited as part of an organised tour (in French only) on Sundays 15:00-17:00 between May and August. Avenue du 43eme Regiment dInfanterie, 59000 Lille.
Musée d'Ostrevant
Museum housing pieces from the 10th Century church destroyed in World War 2, pieces from the area's agricultural heritage and military memorabilia. Located at rue d'Ostrevant 59111 Bouchain. Entrance €2.50.
Photothèque Augustin Boutique-Grard
Housed together with the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Augustin Boutique picture gallery includes 25,000 photographs on glass from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Located at 191, Rue Saint-Albin 59500 Douai.
Musée d'archéologie
Museum of Archaeology and local history located in the town of Denain. Open Tuesday to Friday 14:00-18:00, Saturday 16:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-12:00. Free entry.
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Museum hosting a selection of fine art pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Located at Boulevard Watteau, 59300 Valenciennes. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 and Thursday 10:00-20:00.
Musée Benoît-De-Puydt
Museum housing the collection of 15th to 19th century pieces acquired by Benoit de Puydt. Located at 24 rue du Musée 59270 Bailleul. Open everyday except Tuesdays from 14:00-17:30.
Maison du Bocage, Sains-du-Nord
Open air museum dedicated to the farming culture and rural life in the Sains-du-Nord area. Part of the Ecomusee group.
FRAC Nord - Pas de Calais
Collection of international contemporary artwork housed a multi-disciplined, cultural space. Located at 503 Avenue des Bancs de Flandres Dunkirk. Open Wednesday to Sunday From 12:00 to 18:00.
Lille Metropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art. Located at 1 Allee du Musee, 59650 Villeneuve-dAscq.
La Manufacture, Roubaix
Museum dedicated to the textile industry of the region. Audio-visual exhibits, guided tours, practical workshops and exhibitions. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 14:00-18:00. 29 Avenue Julien Lagache, 59100 Roubaix
Musee des Dentelles et Broderies
The museum of Lacemaking and embroidery houses a permanent exhibition of lace making and includes a visit to the workshop. Included is a look at contemporary uses in the fashion world. Place des Mantilles, Caudry (59).
La Piscine - Museum of Art & Industry, Andre Diligent, Rouba...
This famous swimming pool built in 1832 and designed by Albert Baert, now houses an art gallery and textile and fashion museum. It is worth going for the sculptures alone, including works by Rodin. 23 Rue de lEsperance, 59100 Roubaix.
Resistance Museum
Museum tracing the stages and degrees of local resistance to the annexation of the zone during World War II. Located at 9 Place Wilson, 59220, Denain. Open Wednesday to Saturday 16:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-12:00.
Musée d'Ethnologie Régionale
Museum documenting social and behavioural changes in the region through over 40,000 objects. Located at 211 Avenue du Président Kennedy, 62400 Béthune.
Musée des Bois Jolis
Located at 18 rue de la Place 59 740 Felleries
Musée Communal Jeanne Devos
The Jeanne Devos Museum of Flanders Folklore houses work by one of the leading female photographers of the day. Her work captures the people and landscape of the Flanders area. Located at 17 Rue de l'Église, 59470 Wormhout.
Fourmies Musée du textile
Museum of textiles and social change housed in an old mill which takes the visitor through the entire manufacturing process; from sheep's fleece to the finished product. Located at Place Maria Blondeau, 59610 Fourmies. Entry €6.
Fort du Reduit
Built in 1673 this small citadel houses the engineering services. There is a chapel in the middle of the fort. It is built in the classical style of French architecture and sports the coat of arms of France. Rue de Reduit, Lille (59).
Musée de Flandre
Museum dedicated to Flemish art. Offers guided tours in English. Located at 26 Grand'Place, 59670 Cassel.
Musée de la Chartreuse
Museum housed in a former Carthusian monastery displaying paintings and sculptures. Located at 130 Rue des Chartreux, 59500 Douai. Open 10:00-12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00. Closed Tuesdays. Entrance €4.40.
Centre Historique Minier
Largest mining museum in the country located in the town of Lewarde situated in the heart of the mining area. At Rue d'Erchin, 59287 Lewarde. Open 09:00-19:30 March to November and 13:00-19:00 December to February. Sundays 10:00-19:00. Closed Tuesdays.
Tri Postal
Exhibition and installation hall surrounded by clubs, fashion, dining and childrens entertainment area housed in the former mail sorting office. Located at Avenue Willy Brandt 59000. Lille.
Abbaye de Vaucelles
Built in 1154 the Abbey is located 12 km from Cambrais the grounds are open to the public as well as the Abbey. Restored in 1971 it houses the largest Cictercian chapter house in Europe. Les rues des vignes, Hameau de Vaucelles (59).
Musée Benoît-De-Puydt
Museum housing a large collection of Flemish, Dutch and Belgian pieces dating from the 15th century. Located at 24, rue du Musée De Puydt 59270, Bailleul.
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Incorporating the history and heritage of Cambrai, the collection includes paintings, sculpture and an audio visual exhibition of the landscape. Works by Rodin, Boudin and Claudel among many others. 15, rue de lEpee, Cambrai (59).
Muba Eugene Leroy
Museum dedicated to the memory of artist Eugene Leroy (1910-2000) and housing contemporary and traditional pieces. Located at 2 Rue Paul Doume, 59200 Tourcoing. Open Wednesday to Monday 13:00-18:00.
Contemporary art museum with, white-ceramic architecture and home to a collection of over 1,500 artworks from the 1940s to 1980s. Located at Jardin de Sculptures, 302 Avenue des Bordées 59140 Dunkirk.
Beffroi de Saint-Eloi (Saint-Eloi Belfry)
Visit to enjoy the panorama, discover the bells, reserve a picnic at the top. Childrens visits organised. Open: Monday to Saturday 09:30-17:30, Sundays and public-holidays 10:00-11:15 and 14:00-15:15. Rue de lamiral Ronarch, 59140 Dunkerque
Charles de Gaulles birthplace and Museum. Maison Natale Char...
The birthplace of former president of France, Charles de Gaulle. The museum houses some of his personal effects and chronicles the era of his birth. Media centre and gift shop. Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-18:00. See website. 9 rue Princesse, 59000 Lille.
Museum Sandelin Hotel
Museum housing pieces of art and memorabilia from the history of Saint Omer in 21 rooms over 3 floors. 14 rue Carnot 62500 Saint-Omer. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-14:00 and 14:00-18:00.
Museum of Fine Arts, Lille (Palais des Beaux Arts).
Regarded as being the second-largets general interest museum after the Louvre. Site: EN, FR,NL. Metro: Republique Beaux-Arts. Open Monday 14:00-18:00. Wednesday 10:00-18:00. Place de la Republique, 59000 Lille.
The Hospice Comtesse Museum. le Musee de lHospice comptesse)...
17th century hospice situated in the centre of Old Lille. Paintings, tapestries sculptures and porcelain. Open Monday 14:00-18:00. Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-12:30, 14:00-18:00. Closed Tuesday and some public holidays. 32 rue de la Monnaie, 59000 Lille
Musee Henri Boez
Museum hosting graphic arts, prints, sculpture, modern and contemporary designs. Located at Maubeuge Hôtel de Ville, Hôtel de Ville Place du Docteur Pierre Forest. Museum currrently closed.
Centre dArt Sacre de Lille
Collection of contemporary and sacred art from names such as Combas, Desgrandchamps, Klasen, Roulland, Velickovic and Warhol. Located at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Treille Place Gilleson, 59000 Lille. Open Saturday and Sunday 15:00-20:00.
Musee Portuaire de Dunkerque
Two floating museums about the harbour and maritime industry. One museum is located on the dock in an old tobacco warehouse the other in a boat. 9 Quai de la Citadelle, Dunkerque (59).
Musée Municipal Escaudain
Museum housing collections from individuals with pieces associated with local agriculture, mining, folk art, steel and domestic life. Located at Musée municipal d'Escaudain, 10 rue Paul Bert. Free entry. Open Sunday mornings 10:00-12:00.
Forum Antique Bavay
Archaeological museum on the site of Europes largest Roman forum in the city of Bagacum. Located at Allee Chanoine Bievelet, 59570, Bavay.
Musée de Sciences Naturelles & Aquarium
Housed together with the Photothèque Augustin Boutique-Grard, the Natural Sciences Museum and Aquarium houses pieces of geology and ornithology as well as flora and fauna from oceans and seas around the world. Located at 191, Rue Saint-Albin 59500 D...