A Swimming Pool unlike any other: La Piscine de Roubaix

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Don't hesitate for a second to visit the Swimming Pool of Roubaix (La Piscine) if you're around in the North of France near Lille. As its name suggests, La Piscine is an art-deco swimming pool which was in service until 1985 and has been converted into a museum of art and industry. Have a look at the pictures below, get surprised and discover why I love this place.

Love at first sight

Past the ticket office (5.50 euros entry, free for children) I access the pool directly. I am quickly amazed by the Art Deco style and the warm lights coming out of the windows, projecting into the water. The pool is lined by dozens of sculptures. Locker rooms on both sides give direct access to the water. Other cabins are located on the first balcony, from which I can see new and beautiful perspectives. There are posters that show vintage pictures when the pool was still open to the public and I try to imagine the place when I hear the sound of playing kids through the loudspeakers.

All around, cloakrooms, shower stalls and wings house collections of ceramics, textiles, fashion and paintings. The enchanting setting livens up the visit. I particularly like watching some arts by looking through a cabin. It's unique.

I finish my visit going through the permanent and temporary exhibition halls. Children are especially enjoying looking for hints in a treasure hunt related to Greek mythology (ask for the booklet at reception). Small kids have fun with games hidden in toy chests. 

I let you discover this magical place by letting you dive into some of my pictures. Enjoy!

The Swimming Pool of #Roubaix (Lille, France): In front of the entrance. The entrance from outside - I know I am in the right place.

La Piscine of #Roubaix (Lille, France): access to the pool Pool entrance

Access to the #bathtubs at the reconverted swimming pool of Roubaix into a museum.Access to the bathtubs

La #Piscine de #Roubaix: One of the windows through the carved ceramic portico.One of the windows through the carved ceramic portico.

Roubaix, The Swimming Pool: Overview taken from the first balcony. The reflections are beautiful!Overview taken from the first balcony. The reflections are beautiful!

One of the balconies on the second floor of La Piscine (Roubaix, France)One of the many "balconies" of the second floor. I really like.

La Piscine de Roubaix in the North of France near Lille: SculpturesSculptures along the pool

Two angel faces at the Swimming Pool of Roubaix (Lille, France)Faces

Sculpture: The Evening Star at La Piscine de Roubaix (France)The Evening Star

Reflections of the cabins at the first balcony of La Piscine in Roubaix, FranceReflections of the cabins at the first balcony

Painting seen through a cabin - Museum La Piscine, Roubaix, FrancePainting in the opposite wing

A dress is neither a tragedy nor a painting, it is a charming and ephemeral creation ... - Gabrielle Chanel"Une robe n'est ni une tragédie ni un tableau, c'est une charmante et éphémère création ..."
"A dress is neither a tragedy nor a painting, it is a charming and ephemeral creation ..."

Gabrielle Chanel

Fashion dies young, that's what makes it so light - Jean Cocteau"La mode meurt jeune. C'est ce qui fait sa légèreté si grave"
"Fashion dies young, that's what makes it so light"

Jean Cocteau

The lady had a dress In purple ottoman And her tunic embroidered with gold Consisted of two panels Attached to the shoulder - Guillaume Apollinaire"La dame avait une robe En ottoman violine Et sa tunique brodée d'or Etait composée de deux panneaux S'attachant sur l'épaule."
"The lady had a dress In purple ottoman And her tunic embroidered with gold Consisted of two panels Attached to the shoulder. "
Guillaume Apollinaire


Nudity. Painting at La Piscine de Roubaix near Lille in France.Nudity

La Piscine de Roubaix: Stained glass and ceramicsStained glass and ceramics

Roubaix Swimming Pool (La Piscine) : ContrastsContrasts

In the garden of La Piscine (Roubaix, France): Hollyhocks and a statueIn the garden: Hollyhocks and a statue

La Piscine de #Roubaix is a great museum to visit if you are near #Lille in the North of #France. The setting takes place in an art-deco swimming pool that was closed in the eighties.   La Piscine de #Roubaix is a great museum to visit if you are near #Lille in the North of #France. The setting takes place in an art-deco swimming pool that was closed in the eighties.   La Piscine de Roubaix is a great museum to visit if you are near #Lille in the North of #France. The setting takes place in an art-deco swimming pool that was closed in the eighties. #Roubaix #Art   La Piscine de Roubaix is a great museum to visit if you are near #Lille in the North of #France. The setting takes place in an art-deco swimming pool that was closed in the eighties. #Roubaix #Art  

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