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.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Open Now: NoHours 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|
|M11||Rambuteau Station||1 minute|
|M1 and 11||Hôtel de Ville Station||3 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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Ratedout of 5
My favourite museum in Paris but my god the lines are getting crazy out front... Lineup for security then lineup for the ticket then lineup for the coat check this is almost becoming too much work as the exhibits have been less and less interesting over the years.. need more staff or more electronic ticket machines, it's not rocket science!
Shael Zelunka - 4 days ago
The architecture alone is worth the trip. That ride up the external escalator as you rise up over Paris is always a favorite part of my visit. The gift shop is always fun too.
Florian Koenigsberger - 12 days ago
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 - 13 days ago
I came at 8pm and by then they stopped selling tickets to the galleries but I was able to get into the museum (level 5) on account of being an EU resident between 18 and 26 yrs with proof thereof. This one surprised me as I didn't expect much as I don't understand modern art. Instead I found several pieces that I could relate to and I started to see they all concentrated around a few artists: I guess I have a preference!
Sailesh Partheeban - 19 days ago
The queue was long indeed, but it is worth the wait. We went to visit the museum on the first Sunday of the month when entrance is free. The museum opens at 11am and we were there at 10:30. We were in at 11:30. However we noticed that around 14:00 there was no queue anymore. The permanent collection of modern and contemporary art is very good. We couldn't recommend it more.
Ada Kunter - 1 month ago