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“The north of France has a lot to offer” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Louvre-Lens

Louvre-Lens
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Lens
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Lasne, Belgium
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“The north of France has a lot to offer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We have recently paid a visit go the new Louvres in Lens. This is definitely worth a trip. The building and concept is great. We have only seen the permanent collection but there are also seasonal ones.
The permanent collection has a lot to offer to a wide audience and interests.
We wanted to try the restaurant but it was full so could only eat at the cafe. This is the only thing I would recommend you avoid. Expensive and bad...

Visited March 2014
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“Getting there by train from Lille”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

If you are staying in Lille, it is easy to reach the Musee Lens-Louvre by train. Go to the station Lille-Flandres. Don't use the ticket machines, go to a manned ticket kiosk, and buy a special return ticket, costing around 8 euros, much cheaper than the normal return, and it includes the shuttle bus to the Musee from Lens station. You still have to pay the entrance fee to the museum if there is an exhibition on (free otherwise). In any event, you must keep your museum entry ticket to show with your train ticket on the return journey. The ticket is valid for two months (ie you must make your trip within two months of buying the ticket).

The platform for the service is displayed on the electronic sign boards on the station concourse. Remember to validate your rail ticket in the stamping machine at the platform entrance (it took us several goes to get the right orientation).

There are two rail routes: one 'left hook' via Libercourt (about 40 mins), the other 'right hook' via Don Sainghin (about 50 mins - this also calls at Lille CHR station at the end of the 'Yellow' metro line). The ticket is valid on both, and together they provide around one or two trains per hour.

When you come out of Lens station, to find the shuttle bus, turn left and head 50m or so to the adjacent bus station: the waiting bay for the bus is hidden from view behind the station building.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A shed with a few objets d'art scattered about”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

The museum is badly signposted, with no parking anywhere very near. Once you somehow locate the official parking (well hidden) you then walk to the museum. Entrance building is a large well-lit glass box structure with glass circular rooms inside (shop, reception etc). Tickets were free (nice) and then off to see the exhibits. This consisted of one quite large hall about 2-3 artifacts wide and 10-15 long. When we visited almost all visitors were groups - mostly school kids, some pensioners. The idea doesn't work and you are left gawping at a rag bag collection of stuff too mediocre to display at the Louvre in Paris, with no idea of context, similar works, schools of painters etc. worse, carpets are placed next to paintings, ceramics by statues - a mishmash of pieces with no coherency.

Visited April 2014
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Deal, United Kingdom
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“Excellent collection, very well presented”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

This was our second visit to the Louvre-Lens and will not be the last. The exhibits are laid out chronologically and are very easy to navigate. The collection is stronger on early periods - BC, Roman/Greek and Medieval - than it is on later dates. The building itself is very well designed and shows off the art works to their best effect. The collection is changed periodically so there is always a good reason to return.
The cafe provided a simple, tasty lunch at a sensible price. The gardens were showing signs of damage from a very wet winter but should recover if there is a period of good weather.

Visited April 2014
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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“Beautiful use of an afternoon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

We took the train to Lens, 16.50Euro and from there we caught the free shuttle bus to the Museum. Wow- what a sight totally new age. The Cafe was rather expensive but everything we had there was REALLY TASTY. The actual exhibits themselves were fantastic and the english audio guide made it an interesting and informative experience. It was rather busy and you often found yourself surrounded by people on tours crowding round a particular exhibit. Take a day trip from Lille to Lens and see a less touristed Louvres. Also saw my first Rembrandt painting which was kind of a big deal for me- but other artifacts/pieces made it an interesting trip.

Visited April 2014
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