The Museum of Natural History is a must-visit museum when in the city of Lille, as it is the only museum of its kind in the region of Nord-Pas de Calais. In existence since 1822, the museum is home to permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits. The permanent collections include a zoological collection, a geological collection and an Insectarium, while the temporary exhibits are available twice a year; giving visitors the opportunity to see a collection that is not in the permanent section of the museum. The zoological section of the museum gives visitors the access to understand the animal world better with exhibits of various animals, birds and insects, in the form of skeletons and some stored in alcohol. The geological area presents the geological history of northern France through some fascinating exhibits, while the Insectarium housed in the zoological space is home to some very interesting species of insects. With so much on offer, the museum is surely worthy a visit when in Lille.
Full rate € 4, reduced rates €2.50. Free for all visitors every first Sunday of the month
Monday-Friday: 9:30 am-5:00 pm (closed on Tuesdays) Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Around 2 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
All the fascinating exhibits if time permits
Muslim tourists requiring prayer facilities in Lille will be able to locate them without much difficulty as the city is known to be home to a number of mosques. Masjid Al Imaan de Lille, Masjid Al Houda de Lille, Masjid Al Furqaan de Lille and Masjid Badr de Lille are some of the more prominent mosques that are frequented by locals and tourists alike. Those visiting the Natural History Museum could make inquiries at the museum or at the hotel for the closest prayer facility to the museum.
Muslim visitors looking for Halal food will be able to locate a couple of Halal restaurants in the city of Lille; which serve a range of cuisine such as Indian, French, Lebanese and more. Those unable to locate these restaurants will have to dine on vegetarian or seafood dishes at local restaurants after ensuring non-halal items are not used in the ordered dish. They should also be aware that these restaurants may serve alcohol and may also use it in their food.