CULTURE The first phase of the expansion of the Lille Natural History Museum has barely been completed when the second is already emerging. Ultimately, the area of ​​the place will be doubled and new spaces will be open to visitors The reserves of the Lille Natural History Museum – 20 Minutes

  • The works to expand the museum history of Lille have started.
  • The first phase has enabled the development of a new public reception hall and a cafeteria.
  • The second phase is due to start in 2023 for a period of 22 months.

A piece worthy of its reputation. Generations of schoolchildren marveled as they entered for the first time into the huge gallery of the Museum of Natural History (MHN) where the site is located. An imposing whale skeleton has been thrown for a thousand years. It may well be considered to be like the favorite museum of Lille, the MHN & nbsp; started all the same; suffer from its age and the small size of its premises. The relocation of the regional House of the environment and solidarity (MRES), joint, allowed him to take his ease.

The MHN expansion project dates back to & agrave; a few years already, but it was only able to enter the realization phase recently, after the MOTHER finally found it. new premises. The functioning of the institution has not even been done. disturbed not the works since the first section has been completed. carried out during the last confinements, while the cultural places were in any case closed to the public. & ldquo; & ldquo; We didn & rsquo; t anticipate closing for only two days and we were able to reopen at the same time as the other structures, on May 19, & nbsp; & raquo;, the director of the museum, Judith Pargamin, welcomes.

We apply the principle of & laquo; & nbsp; home staging & nbsp; & raquo;

In the meantime, the MHN has spread over the entire ground floor of the MRES building, making its entrance its own. The old reception hall of the museum has thus been converted into a & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; corner of curiosities & nbsp; & rsquo; & rsquo; o & ugrave; prominently sits an ironic pangolin. A very nice café-ria-boutique was there. set up in a meeting room. The place is almost fully furnished. thanks to this & agrave; a skillful & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & raquo; operated by city services: & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; We have recovered the old tables of the library, the bar has been removed. manufactured & agrave; from a desk and collectable drawers served & agrave; make displays & agrave; documentation & rsquo ;, explains the assistant & rsquo; Culture, Marie-Pierre Bresson. This café is also accessible without purchasing a ticket.

Lille: The aging museum of natural history is starting to look good

The new café at the Lille natural history museum. – M.Libert/20 Minutes

To find the gallery, you have to cross a good size courtyard which will serve as a terrace in fine weather. & ldquo; The work of this first phase allowed us to gain 400 m2 of surface. Ultimately, the museum will grow from 1,500 to over. 3.000 & nbsp; m2 & raquo;, continues the director. fit out the floors of the annexed building and & agrave; renovate and rethink the layout of the current premises.

 Lille: The aging museum of natural history is starting to grow strong

The new entry; e of the Natural History Museum of Lille. – M.Libert/20 Minutes

This second part of the project is submitted & agrave; a competition of architects whose winner is to be announced next spring. & ldquo; We know what we want, the specifications are very precise & rdquo;, & rdquo; adds Judith Pargamin. In this specification, there is the will; ask to open the reservations to visitors. & ldquo; The idea is not to let the public visit our reserves, but to make the work that is done there visible through bay windows or any other system that the architects us & nbsp; & raquo;, notes the curator.

In the ideal schedule, work on this second phase would begin in mid-2023 with delivery expected in mid-2025. For this big piece, & agrave; Unless there is a new containment, the MHN will have to close its doors to the public until & rsquo; & rsquo; the end of 2025.