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

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

Phone: 01 44 78 12 33

Official Website: Centre Georges Pompidou

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com

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 4.4 out of 5The Centre Pompidou Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of my favorite places in Paris with its own vibe. Would love to spend a whole day to check all exhibitions. The view is also worth getting to the last floor and in nice weather the space in front is best to have a coffee.

Chavdar Dimitrov - 31 minutes ago

5 Star Rating Great art collections and exhibitions! Very unique architecture and the square for people to enjoy their time with family and friends! However, the fountain was little filthy... lol I still remember the time I appreciated the arts!

oerick77 - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Amazing experience architecture/view/art. A few things could be better like they checked our ticket at every floor and their machine doesn't work well with the mobile phone ticket. The line to buy a psychical ticket is huge. Also the view of Paris is nice but the glass is dirty so not great for pictures.

Andrea Cornaglia - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Possibly the best museum of modern art in the world, not just because of the collection, but because of the building architecture and the vibrant community around the museum. In the summer outdoor movies are shown in the adjacent plaza, where Parisian families and tourists enjoy open air meals, and a range of food vendors cater year around. Definitely worth a visit.

Andy Duvall - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating It’s an amazing museum you must visit in your life. There is a lot of things to see. And also different exhibitions from time to time in the museum too. The view outside of museum is fantastic and beautiful as well. Highly recommend. It’s very busy museum, better to buy ticket before you go, otherwise will be a long queue.

CHERRY SZU-YA CHEN - 1 month ago

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