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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5

4 Star Rating I liked the Pompidou center , but felt a little lost, didn't get much direction as where I could and couldn't go. But all in all its an interesting place. also it's free entry so that's always a bonus!

adam Pinson - 18 days ago

2 Star Rating Continuous strikes since the 31st of March (or even before, I am not sure about the news). We planned to go there and spend the morning, and we were really eager about it, but reached the doors, two employees were there saying they were striking and they were not sure when they would have opened. I may understand that they have a reason, but if it is really such a long time they are keeping the venue closed, and on their website they keep selling tickets and promoting different temporary exhibitions, I am not sure about their professionalism. Be careful, try to check the openings before walking there or buying your ticket online.

Vittorio Beltracchi - 24 days ago

4 Star Rating The rooftop view is excellent, comparable to the view from the top of Printemps. The modern art can be hit / miss depending on what you're into. I think the more permanent exhibitions will always impress, however once or twice I have been left dumbfounded while trying to find the merit in some of the temporary showings.

O'Donoghue Family - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating I visit Pompidou every few weeks because of the effect it has on my mind. I always leave Pompidou feeling creatively refreshed -- every fleeting moment starts to feel like a work of art. Both the permanent exhibits and the current Soviet Non-Conformist collection are an incredible experience. A definite must-visit!

512378123 - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating In my eyes the best part of the Pompidou is the building itself. In all likelihood you will never step foot in a building in any way similar for the rest of your life. It is truly unique - worth visiting solely as an architectural pilgrimage. The art inside is also impressive. One can find a comprehensive overview of modern art inside, with features from all the big names. Definitely a worthwhile visit.

George Monaghan - 3 months ago

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