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

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 Truly amazing space, definitely something to visit to view the latest in art as well as its conception. Expect to see big names in the art world. As an artist myself, its the perfect place to come to be inspired. Remember to leave your bags and coats in the coatroom before your tour. Do look for a tiny boulangerie outside. The museum opens only at 11am so a great baguette helps while waiting.

Adam - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Excellent museum that showcases modern/contemporary art. Expect to see the beautiful artwork, the bizarre, and the scary. There are 4 galleries each with different themes. Along with the Louvre, I would say these two are the only museums that must be visited in Paris. Visiting any other museum is just an added bonus.

Ryan Alsaihaty - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating If you can only visit two museums in Paris, see the Louvre for historical art and the Pompidou for modern art. Even if you're as clueless about modern art as I am, you're sure to recognize the names and pieces in this museum. It's huge and open at night, so it's a good place to spend a few hours before/after dinner.

Anu Haden - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Nice place to visit. But keep it as secondary plan. However you may enjoy during your visit. Visit will take minimum 2 hrs. Museum pass gives you basic entry. Don't spend extra. Better visit with the given entry level permit and later buy ticket if you need.

Vignesh Babu R - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This museum is fantastic. It is located close to where I rent an apartment so I go here often. Exhibits change frequently and the courtyard out front is popular with French youth. Cool spot. The adjoining fountain area is popular for outdoor picnics on the benches and catch the rays. Great street art too.

Chris Shanks - 1 month ago

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