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


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 5The Centre Pompidou Star Rating

5 Star Rating Love this place! So much to see, and it's all laid out in a way that makes both chronological sense, and thematic as well. Modern art (writ large) can often be like "Well, what does it mean?" But, the museum curators have done a very good job of adding historical context to various periods of artistic expression.

Ted Asregadoo - 10 days ago

3 Star Rating Great modern museum with works on the top floors from Picasso. Don't buy food or refreshments here as they tend to be very expensive. Bathrooms are clean. Also, don't be fooled by the "Great children's section" of this museum as I have read in some popular guide books. It's is basically a mat with foam objects sectioned off so the kids can run around.

Charles L - 15 days ago

4 Star Rating Like the somewhat controversial "modern architecture", the building houses the largest collection of Modern Art in Europe, a public information library and a huge "Public Library" as well as a music and acoustic research centre. There are also numerous "artistic performances" held here and the restaurant is surprisingly good! In the summer there are usually many street performers located outside the Centre. The Centre is HUGE-- and is spread over 7 floors and over 1 million square feet!! One can take to external escalator to the top for some remarkable views of Paris. I hope that this Review has been helpful!

Mark Doctoroff - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Modern building, cool in summer. Great place to go with your family or friends. There are often fun and original expositions. Just outside you will often be able to enjoy street performers crazy stuns and dazzling magic for free. It's very well located close to many shops and restaurants.

Robert Bruno - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Very nice place to visit. Interesting building and art. The restaurant was also worth a visit for sure. They had good vegetarian options. Remember if you're going with a free youth ticket you'll only have access to the museum floors and not the changing galleries. That came as a surprise to us and we didn't bother to go back and forth to get tickets.

Ville Lahdenvuo - 1 month ago


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

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