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Musee d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille

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Address: 19 rue de Bruxelles, 59000, Lille, France
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+33 3 28 55 30 80
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon 09:30 - 17:00
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The natural history museum of Lille has been open for more than 150 years....

The natural history museum of Lille has been open for more than 150 years. Located since the beginning of the 20th century at number 19, rue de Bruxelles, in the historical university district, it is today the only natural history museum of the whole Nord - Pas de Calais region.

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Interesting small museum!

The museum is nothing fancy, but it has a nice collection of taxidermied animals alongside other exhibits on natural history. It's mostly labeled in French, but it still provides... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There must be other museums around the world which are like this, but I am struggling to think of one that I have been to. In the main, this is a dream if you are a fan of taxidermy animals. The collection is huge, varied and diverse. There is even a stuffed dodo! I've not seen one of those before.... More 

Thank Joanna F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is nothing fancy, but it has a nice collection of taxidermied animals alongside other exhibits on natural history. It's mostly labeled in French, but it still provides an interesting place to explore in Lille. We went on a Sunday when it was free and spent a little less than an hour wandering through.

Thank Emily M
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is a nice museum if a little dated worth a look not much else can say about it if you don't use these place they will go the same way as the dodo and that will be a shame

Thank Andrew S
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We had a very good time in this museum, found a little by chance on a rainy sunday. The building is quite pretty, well preserved on the whole (although some areas should be refurbished soon). The displays were interesting, the staff spoke fluent English and were very knowledgeable. The place was buzzing with all sorts of visitors. The link between... More 

Thank Gabrielle V
Malmo, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Well displayed and interesting museum. It's very small, I only spent about one hour there. All of the displays had french signs, but the staff is nice and speaks fluent english. I was at themuseum alone, but I think it would be a gteat activity for families with small children.

Thank Sockerskalle
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The museum was very interesting and had quite a broad collection. It was good to take a break from the cold weather and it was really affordable as it offered student prices.

Thank Olivia T
Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

More taxidermy based, the museum is by no means large but houses a decent collection. We visited on a weekend where all the government/town owned attractions were free. I think the normal price was around 5-7 Euros - worth it on a rainy day if you are into this kind of thing, although not for everybody.

Thank Woble
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Visited whilst in Lille at the weekend, wasn't really expecting to see hundreds (potentially into the thousands) of stuffed animals in display cabinets! A very small museum, a few skeletons, other exhibits but 90% stuffed animals... all a bit strange! Wouldn't go back, you couldn't possibly spend longer than an hour there!

Thank Stephanie C
Tadley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Not a big museum by any means but very interesting. It has an extraordinary number of stuffed birds in numerous display cabinets. Not that I'm a fan of presenting animals in this way but these were done mostly in the 19th century when attitudes to conservationism was different. Some of the colours have faded a little but on the whole... More 

Thank steveahis
Seaford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

We came here for an afternoon trip before checking into our hotel! it was a lot bigger then first expected and very interesting! Was not expensive to visit and would recommend for everyone to visit if you have time! Staff spoke English which was a bonus!!

Thank Rachel C

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