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
May differ on holidays
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 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
Ratedout of 5
Amazing place, building is beautiful and has so many things inside, art gallery, museum, library, cafe, restaurants, shop, cinema. So much fun to go up the glass tube escalators. Parts of it free.
Best of all are the two roof terraces with wonderful views over Paris.
Top tip: you can go and see the view from one of the roof terraces for free!
Tim Husain - 4 months ago
A very nice contemporary museum that also features a nice cafe, bookstore and outdoor resting area for Paris skyline view that you get when entering from outside. This is also one of the few museums that opens on Monday and there is that many people if you book ticket ahead of time.
Aquarius - 4 months ago
A modern art museum with some “classic” paintings from Impressionist and Abstractionist. Very nice views over Paris and overall a good selection of modern art (paintings, installation and sculpture).
Chia-chen Lehahn - 3 months ago
What can one say about the Pompidou. Exceptional! The works of art are magnificent. The diverse selection is entertaining and jaw dropping. The building is an architects masterpiece in itself. We only saw 2 floors and we spent 4 hours at the museum. Be prepared to be entertained.
Michell Pérez - 2 months ago
Free left luggage, helofulnstaff, amazing exhibitions, iconic building, views of Paris from the escalators and viewing platforms... huge recommend.
emma norman - 2 weeks ago
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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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