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

Centre Georges Pompidou Hours:
Opening hours 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

Centre Georges Pompidou Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating Easily the best museum I’ve ever been to. The art and the building itself are wonderful and unlike anything I’ve experienced. Only deducted a star because we saw an employee in the cafeteria yell and curse at someone for something that didn’t warrant such behavior.
Nathan Bilancio - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Wonderful free view of Paris on the 5th floor. No ticket at all required for the view. If you have the Paris Museum Pass head to the time slot line they are currently letting in, don't stay in the no ticket line. There was a good variety of styles a.d artists. If you like modern art, go for it. For you it is worth the admission. If you aren't a fan? Skip the museum and check out the view.
Patrick Ballou (Mistakes Were Made) - a month ago

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4 Star Rating This was our first time visiting, even though we have been to Paris 4 times. The building is absolutely spectacular and the panoramic views of Paris where you are able to view almost every iconic landmark is worth the visit alone. The special exhibition was Brancusi and this was great. After walking through the main halls of the museum we realised that modern art is probably not as much our vibe as we thought and we do prefer the classics. Having said that, we were so happy that we visited and were able to see original artworks by modern day artists. Well worth a visit. We spent 2.5 hours exploring.
Samantha Platt - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating We wanted to see this museum before it closes for the next 5 years. You don't even have to buy a ticket to see the most amazing views of Paris at the top of the building and right out in front. If you want, you can pay a small price to see some Modern art on 2 floors that are actually pretty cool. (Not a Modern Art fan here). Go on their late night so you can see everything as well as watch the sun set on Paris. Beautiful!!! They also have a small dining area and multiple gift shops to keep everyone happy. Get here before its too late!!
Angela Criscola - a month ago

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5 Star Rating My last visit to the Centre Pompidou was more than 15 years ago, so I had forgotten what a great modern art collection they have. It's certainly worth a visit. The building is magnificent and the panoramic view of Paris is great. I'd recommend to buy your entrance tickets in advance.
Gira - 2 months ago

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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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