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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Luuta (9 months ago)
The area around the swimming pool has been made to look very attractive and the museum is full of the usual pieces you will find in most museums. The security staff are unsmiling and antagonistic, but the museum attendants are very friendly and helpful. The cafe is very large, expensive and modern, but the man who served us was nonchalant and lazy. In addition, he tried to play us by not giving us our change. His excuse was that he needed to find someone to provide the change, but this was never communicated to us, and he seemed to be aimlessly wandering around, waiting for us to give up on the change or forget about it and go. It was dishonest, unfriendly and deliberate. I abhor people who take advantage of others and prey on tourists like this. It's completely unacceptable.
Nelson Collier (10 months ago)
It was fabulous and easily reached by metro from the centre of Lille. It was an amazing art deco swimming pool built in 1932 which unfortunately had to close in 1985. Luckily it was rescued from demolition and a great museum/art gallery space has been created around the beautiful pool area.
Rick Price (10 months ago)
I love this museum. It has many permanent exhibits and features temp exhibits as well. My favorite feature is the poscine room. The statues which line the pool and the multiple alcoves on the first 2 levels offer a unique museum experience. I recommend the restaurant at the Piscine aswell. Grest food.
Gérard Drouville (11 months ago)
Beautiful result for an old public swimming pool transformed into a museum. Collection is mostly sculptures, ceramics, paintings, some master's work. 9€ ticket, nice hours roaming around, beautiful café inside, garden, shop... Worth it.
Maria Mrowicka (13 months ago)
La Piscine is definitely one of the best museums I've ever been to in my life. It uses its space so efficiently and effectively, the entire collection is perfectly organised and it's so rich and diverse, ranging from paintings, sculptures, fashion pieces, and all in completely different styles and topics. Has one of the best souvenir shops, too. I am absolutely in awe and would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you're a lone art enjoyer or a family with kids, I'm sure everyone will find something to love there.
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