La Piscine Museum

Roubaix, France

La Piscine (French for 'the swimming pool') is a museum of art and industry, located in the city of Roubaix in northern France. It is more formally known as La Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent or Le musée d'Art et d'Industrie de la ville de Roubaix, but its common name derives from the fact that it is housed in a former indoor swimming pool, with a notable art deco interior.

The swimming pool was constructed between 1927 and 1932, by the Lille architect Albert Baert. It closed as a swimming pool in 1985, and was remodelled as a museum by the architect Jean-Paul Philippon, opening in 2000. A modern entrance building, special exhibition space and garden were constructed within the roof-less shell of an adjoining textile factory.

The museum's permanent collection has its origins in 1835, when a collection of fabric samples from the many local textile factories was started. By 1898 the collection was housed in the National High School of Arts and Textile Industry (ENSAIT), and was seen as a way of cultivating the tastes of the town's workers, foremen and manufacturers. To this end the collection combined elements of literature, fine-arts, science and industrial products. The ENSAIT museum closed with the onset of World War II, and never reopened. From 1990 the collections were displayed in Roubaix's town hall, in preparation for the opening of La Piscine in 2000.

La Piscine was reopened in 2018 after two-year restoration, that cost nine million euro.



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Founded: 2000
Category: Museums in France

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徐瑞智 (17 months ago)
Well organized. The theme itself is unique. Even though all the introductory texts were all in English, I still felt content. I am not sure why it’s free entrance today. Otherwise reduced price is 9€, full price 11€. Also there were some pieces, not the most famous ones, by Pablo Picasso displayed here. I was very surprised a small city like Roubaix had such a good quality museum.
Witold Kepinski (17 months ago)
La Piscine ?‍♂️ (French for "the swimming pool") is a museum of art and industry, located in the city of Roubaix in northern France. ?? It’s common name derives from the fact that it is housed in a former indoor swimming pool, with a notable art deco interior.
Marcel Sarot (17 months ago)
Nice museum. Beaitiful collection, beautiful building. Too crowded for the circumstances, though. Too few toilets. And it was impossible to get something to eat or drink in the restaurant without having booked in advance.
The Boulic Family (2 years ago)
A beautiful discovery in Roubaix. The conversion of this building is a delight. Enjoy the well-worth visit.
Agata Zdziarska (2 years ago)
We walked in randomly from the street without any expectations. The place is amazing, especially the building and it’s history. Really nice exposition as well. Loved it!
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