La Piscine is a museum of art and industry, located in the city of Roubaix in northern France – part of the Lille metropolitan area. It’s about 20 minutes away from Lille Flandres train station on the metro.
And what a treat it is! A contemporary art museum, housed in an art-deco public swimming pool. Set across several levels, the main pool area remains a central focus, with sculptures lining a shallow body of water. Every so often the sound of children laughing and splashing is piped in, adding to the atmosphere.
The showers and changing rooms are either used as walkways from one room to the next, or they house exhibition pieces. The gift store is perched alongside enormous tanks in the old filtration room, and what used to be the refreshment area has become a restaurant.
Definitely worth a jaunt if you’re in the area!