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: No

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

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 5

3 Star Rating Get ready to stand in line to enter the building, to stand in line to buy a ticket, to stand in line for the cloakroom, to stand in line for the toilet, and then finally.. another long line (today >20 minutes) to actually enter the museum. If you’re really into it you could even wait in another line to enter the temporary exhibition (today >60 minutes). Maybe it’s better to go during the week, this was just ridiculous and made a normally relaxing museum visit tedious and draining. On the plus side, the rooms are surprisingly quiet and of course there is the amazing art +views over dreamy Paris.

Siebrigje Dijk - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating If you have any interest in modern art this should be high on your list of things to see in Paris! Some very unique pieces along with many classics. A great way to spend an afternoon!

Mike Davis - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating My favorite museum in all of Paris, & my favorite modern art museum (although the MET may be tied) It is a Modern Museum in an incredibly unique building. I would suggest taking the escalators straight to the top floor, & taking in the sites - you can see all of Paris from here, even the hill of Montmartre. Quite beautiful. This floor dedicated to revolving exhibits, which is always quite an interesting experience to take in. There is a restaurant on the top floor, where if you eat there, you can go out on their terrace & enjoy the view (if you're not dining, you cannot go on their terrace). Go one floor down & explore the incredible collection they have of modern artist from the past. They allow you to take photos of the art on this floor, (no flash) so document your favorites! There is also a great balcony to the right, when you first arrive on this floor, where you can go out & take some incredible photos without the glass in the way. The restaurant terrace previously mentioned would be directly above you, so prime spot for photos! Then go down one floor below, & explore their collection of the current modern art of our time. All in all, this is a wonderful museum that I would highly suggest any lover of more modern art to visit.

Michelle Hoisington - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating One of Paris' great museums! Plan to spend some time. There's a lot to see. You may not like what's on display, but there's no accounting for taste. The views over the city from the top are the best. Much better than the nosebleed views from the Eiffel Tower. And there's a restaurant outside up there, good for taking a break. Even in popular exhibitions, there's plenty of room to move around.

Jon Edward Jordan - 20 days ago

2 Star Rating If you are into your art then you will more than likely enjoy the Pompidou. I've never really been into art and to be honest I found the actual building to be much more interesting than the exhibits inside. It's described as an inside out building and is pretty cool with a great view of Paris from the top. The good thing about the Pompidou is they have their own app you can download to your phone so no need to pay for an audio guide

Tim Collins - 1 month ago

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