The Centre Georges Pompidou, also known as Beaubourg (or Pompidou Centre in English), features some of the best contemporary and modern art collections in the world.
It is comparable to museums such as the MoMA in New York City or the Tate Modern in London.
Opened in 1977 in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Paris, the Centre Pompidou was a pioneering contemporary architectural masterpiece. Its brightly colored tubes on the building’s façade contrast with the grey constructions around it.
Apart from the Musée National d’Art Moderne (National Museum of Modern Art), the Pompidou houses a Public Information Library and a music and acoustic research center.
The building has six floors, each measuring 7,500 square meters. The permanent collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne can be found on the fourth and fifth floors.
The fifth floor is entirely dedicated to Modern Art from the beginning of the twentieth century up until 1960 and features gems by Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Miró.
On the fourth floor, visitors will find contemporary works of art from 1960 to the present day, with a special focus on minimalist and conceptual art.
You can buy a ticket for the Pompidou Centre with fast-track access by clicking on this link.
A Unique Building
The Centre Pompidou building is one of the most extravagant in Paris thanks to the tubes, lifts, air ducts, and brightly colored escalators found on the exterior of the construction.
Its façade is so unique that we recommend visiting the museum even for those who are not fans of contemporary and modern art.
The building is situated in the quatorzième arrondissement (fourth district) of Paris. It's also home to other beautiful buildings like the Paris City Hall.
Daily: 11 am to 9 pm (except Tuesdays and the 1st of May).
Thursday until 11 pm (only the floor 6 exhibitions).
Daily: 2 pm to 6 pm (except Tuesdays and the 1st of May).
Adults: € 15 (US$ 16.10)
Under 18s: free entry
First Sunday of the month: free entry
Free entry with the Paris Museum Pass and the Paris Pass
Centre Pompidou Tickets € 15 (US$ 16.10)
Metro: Rambuteau line 11, Hôtel de Ville lines 1 and 11, Châtelet lines 1, 11, and 14.
RER: Châtelet - Les Halles
Bus: lines 29, 38, 47, and 75.
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