Museum of the Pasteur Institute
It’s an unusual but beautiful and very stylish museum I highly suggest you discover.
The former apartments of Professor Albert Calmette had been transformed into a museum which allows you to be the witness of historical discoveries, full of magic, where time seems to have stopped.
The scenography proposed for the “Institut Pasteur museum” in Lille combines art and science, history and modernity, poetry and new technologies. It uses videos, screenings, interactive objects you can pull, push or grab… It’s really fun and playful!
The official presentation of the museum says: “The Institut Pasteur Museum in Lille was created to pay tribute to its founding fathers, talented and humanist researchers whose work has saved millions of lives around the world: Louis Pasteur, Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin.
It is in these walls that Calmette and Guérin discovered the BCG, vaccine against tuberculosis, whose original strains are presented in this museum. It is also the history of the alcoholic fermentation which Pasteur discovered at the Faculty of Sciences of Lille when he was the dean in 1854, and the vaccine against rabies in 1885.
In 2017, the Pasteur Institute of Lille wished to give a new life to its museum, to showcase the history of the Pasteur Institute of Lille and its current scientific researches.
It allows access for all to the collections of the Pasteur Institute of Lille and thus to the history of those who built it and those who contribute every day to its development.“
If you can, book a guided tour with the Tourism Office. It’s totally worth it!
How to get there?
The museum is situated 18 Boulevard Louis XIV in Lille. It’s just outside the tube station.
Tube / Métro : Line 2, stop “Lille Grand Palais “
Public opening (free entrance) → Saturday and Sunday: 10h – 12h / 14h – 17h
Group opening (on reservation) → Monday to Friday
Full: 5 € / Reduced: 3 € / Free (under 12 and City-Pass card holders)
Information → 03 20 87 72 42 or museum [at] pastor Lille [dot] fr