Centre Georges Pompidou - (Museum of Modern Art)

The striking architecture of Centre Georges Pompidou will captivate you as much as its prized contents

The controversial George Pompidou Centre in Beaubourg
The controversial George Pompidou Centre in Beaubourg cc licensed photo by dalbera

The Centre Georges Pompidou is situated in the Beaubourg region of Paris. The striking architecture of this building will impress you just as much as its prized contents. The Centre Georges Pompidou is home to the largest and most impressive Modern Art Museum in Europe and this fact alone is more than enough reason to include a visit to the Centre on your trip itinerary.

The Pompidou Centre was named after the French president George Pompidou who in 1969 made the decision to dedicate the Plateau Beaubourg in the 4th arrondissement to create the centre. The project started as an architectural competition and for the first time in France the competition was international with 49 countries having competitors and 681 individuals competing. The winning concept was chosen by a jury of international judges chaired by Jean Prouve, an architect/engineer and won by the Italians, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchinim and an Englishman, Richard Rogers, who at that time were all hardly known. The project was a massive undertaking and wasn't finished until three years after the conclusion of president Pompidou's term of office in 1977. It may prove useful to note that, due to its location, the Pompidou Centre is locally known as the Beaubourg. Since opening the Pompidou Centre has brought enjoyment to almost 200 million visitors.

This building is also home to an extraordinary public library and there are many restaurants and other amenities available on the premises as well. The available amenities include a bookshop, bookstands, a post office, a cloakroom and a 24 hour car park. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi access and workstations where visitors can connect their laptops to a power supply, print documents and make photocopies.

Those planning a visit to the Pompidou Centre have the option of booking their ticket in one of many ways. Bookings can be made online, via telephone as well as at the centre itself. However, it is recommended that visitors book their tickets well in advance whenever possible in order to avoid disappointment. The Pompidou Centre is definitely an essential itinerary item for all those visiting Paris. It will make for a day out that is filled with culture, creativity and enjoyment, one that will not be quickly forgotten.

Nearby attractions: District of Beaubourg and Notre Dame Cathedral

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

Phone: 01 44 78 12 33

Official Website: Centre Georges Pompidou


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M11Rambuteau Station1 minute
M1 and 11Hôtel de Ville‎ Station3 minutes

How to get to Centre Georges Pompidou by Metro / RER

By Metro: exit at Rambuteau Station and head south along Reu Beaubourg or at Hôtel de Ville‎ Station and head north on Rue du Renard.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5

3 Star Rating The museum itself was a treat. Great views from numerous vantage points and outside exhibits. The various modern art collection was nifty as well. The only disappointment was the stinking Le Georges restaurant. Overpriced for what you get. Fresh food, small portions, prepared super fast. Ironic this place is at the Pompidou because that's all I got, pompous assed serviced that had the gall to point out the price doesn't include tip. Tip is for above and beyond service, it's for deserving service of which this did not deliver. Save your money for the entrance fee to the museum, at least the modern art is more deserving.

Simon Tam - 6 days ago

3 Star Rating Amazing David Hockney retrospective at the time. I was less impressed with the crowd management at busy times; 15 minutes queue for security checks (fine) followed by another 15 minutes queue to get tickets (OK), then another 10 minutes queue to show your tickets (really?) and finally another 30 minutes queue to see the exhibition (by that time the will to live had almost escaped me). Moral of the story; avoid busy times if possible and buy online tickets.

Franz 'Sonik' Allard - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Incredible modern architecture housing a great modern art collection. Excellent views of Paris from within. Stop by to see the outside, and if you have time, tour the galleries and enjoy the view. I visit every time I am in Paris.

Lara Seguin - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the best museums in Paris for modern contemporary art. While some hate it's architecture I personally like it very much since it leaves more space inside for the actual museum. After visiting other comparable museums in other countries, this is still the one that mixes the best selection of artists and styles in it's "permanent" exhibition. Temporary exhibition are also very often amazing. The view of Paris from the top floor is a must see.

C M - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating One of the best museums in Paris. It contains an amazing collection of modern art. The building itself is very interesting and you have access to some great views of Paris. We went there on a Friday morning and the place did not feel crowded. The galleries are arranged nicely so you really get to see the art. It is a much better experience than the Louvre.

Jette Thomassen - 2 months ago


This awesome video compilation brings the very modern Pomidou Centre and its equally modern exhibits to life

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