The first phase of the renovation works has been dedicated to improving the visit comfort and has allowed creating new areas.
From November 2020 to February 2021, the museum has been closed for a first phase of renovation works
The natural history museum of Lille has been created in 1822 and installed in its current location in 1902.
Today, about 450,000 objects are preserved in the museum, organised in four collections: geology, zoology, ethnography, and sciences and techniques.
Due to a lack of space, the last two collections are not exhibited and only 5% of the preserved objects are presented on the permanent museum route.
In 2019, the museum received about 122,000 visitors, that is to say the double of the figure registered five years earlier.
In this context, the City of Lille decided to develop a new project for this building, which is dear to the inhabitants’ hearts.
As the first phase of the renovation works will allow the Museum to have a new entrance and to offer the visitors new services, it is by 2025 that we will be discovering a huge Museum of Mankind, Nature and Civilisations.
A two-phase renovation site :
During its city council that took place on October 4, 2019, the City of Lille voted unanimously to transform the Museum of Natural History into a huge Museum of Mankind, Nature and Civilisations.
The City’s ambition is to help people understand the issues of our planet and the questioning concerning our societies.
The renovation site began in June 2020 and is composed of two phases
1st phase :
New areas, dedicated to the reception of the visitors, have been set up on the ground floor of the south wing of the building : at the end of the 19th century, this part of the Sciences Faculty of the University of Lille was dedicated to Geology.
Discover the majestic entrance, located at 23 rue Gosselet, and also :
- The Charlotte Ruderman-Dehorne room, a former amphitheatre, within which will take place conferences and other meetings;
- The reception area
- A shop and café located in the former library of Geology.
- An outdoor area, to enjoy your lunch during sunny days !
- New bathrooms
Take also a look at the remarkable and impressive wall paintings from the beginning of the 20th century, which represent the geological maps of the region.
2nd phase : to learn more about the project clic here
Enjoy your visit !