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

4 Star Rating A world-famous art gallery and an interesting place all round. The collection is great, and changes quite often. You need to buy tickets which aren't particularly expensive, but eat elsewhere as the restaurant is pricey. On a sunny day, parts of the museum can get very hot, particularly the escalators on the side of the building which are like a large long greenhouse without ventilation. Nobody seems to have thought of that. Very much worth a visit.

David Hawley - 11 days ago

4 Star Rating I love this museum. There are always good temporary exhibitions and the permanent one is amazing. It's free under 26 years old (I think just EU citizens) and there should be a day each month that is free for everyone. I suggest to buy the ticket online and skip the queue, even if skipping the queue is a bit a strong word, as there are security checks that make also the priority entrance slower, but much less than the regular one. I suggest also to go to the top and have a nice view of the building and the view of the city.

Stefania Ciardi - 17 days ago

4 Star Rating Amazing content, undoubtedly a must go! My only comments regard the exposition light design, white cold light should not be the norm to light works, considering as well that when many of these pieces were produced this light wasn’t available for the artists themselves, rather a normal yellow light. The white light interferes directly on the colors. Beside that the centre should offer more spaces and furniture for the public to sit down and interact. There are just a couple of places at the entrance naturally always taken.. Beside that amazing.

Martin Holzmeister - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating There are big queues, and security checks so be prepared. Order tickets online to join the slightly shorter line. But it is worth the wait. Inside it is simply the best art museum in the world. High ceilings, the ability to have generous natural light, extraordinary views and an uncompromising attitude towards showing the art. The collection is superb, and the space is a delight. The only negative is the cafe (a recurring theme in Paris) which was expensive and limited, but the staff was cheerful.

William Bloor - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating We had an amazing time here, an unbelievable collection of modern art. Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, cubists, futurists, those sort of big names but also amazing works from newer and less well known artists. We spent hours here without even seeing the special exhibit and could have stayed longer if we hadn’t gotten hungry! One word of warning is that there is a long line to get in, I would recommend showing up like 15-20 minutes before it opens to wait so you get in quicker. Also a cafe and boutique and bookstore.

Katie Webber - 1 month ago

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