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Centre Pompidou Tours and Activities

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In Paris’ Beaubourg district, Centre Pompidou is a multidisciplinary cultural venue that’s home to the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Visitors come to see famous paintings by legendary artists, such as Henri Matisse and Wassily Kandinsky, and to marvel at the building’s design.
 
The Basics
Designed by architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Gianfranco Franchini, Centre Pompidou is a triumph of postmodern architecture. All of the building’s functional systems—from air conditioning to water supply—are routed across its exterior in multicolored pipes; some compare the structure to an oil refinery. It’s named after former French President Georges Pompidou, who commissioned the building in 1969.
 
Aside from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou is also home to a huge public reading library, a concert hall, and other cultural organizations. Along with an excellent permanent collection of contemporary European art from 1905 to the present day, including a complete reconstruction of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s studio, the center also hosts a regular program of cinema showings and live music, theater, and dance performances. The building is a popular spot on walking tours of the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to Centre Pompidou is by paid ticket.
  • Skip the line with a Paris multi-attraction pass.
  • Arrange a private tour for more in-depth information about the Pompidou and its collection.
  • Entry is free every first Sunday of the month.
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan from the visitor’s cloakroom.
  • Two of the movie screens are fitted with audio induction loops for those using hearing aids.
 
How to Get There
Centre Pompidou is in the Beaubourg, in the 4th arrondissement, near Les Halles shopping mall. The closest metro stops are Hotel de Ville (Lines 1 and 11) and Chatelet (Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14). It is walkable from other attractions in the city center, including Notre Dame Cathedral. There is underground parking on-site.
 
When to Get There
The center is open Wednesday–Monday from 11am–9pm. On Thursday evenings, it stays open until 11pm. Ticket offices shut one hour before closing time. The Atelier Brancusi is open from 2pm–6pm, while the reading library opens from 12pm–10pm on weekdays and 11am–10pm on weekends. All sites are closed Tuesdays. The center is usually busiest from midmorning through midafternoon.
 
Stravinsky Fountain
Designed by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, the Stravinsky Fountain, outside Centre Pompidou’s south side, was meant to represent composer Igor Stravinsky’s works. Its bright colors and whimsical shapes will draw a smile from children and adults alike.
Address: Place George Pompidou, Paris, Ile-de-France 75004, France
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Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions

Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions

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Gain admission to more than 60 top Paris attractions with the Paris Pass—a flexible sightseeing pass that lets you access the best the French capital has to offer, such as the Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy entrance to Parisian showstoppers like the Louvre Museum, and Centre Pompidou with the 2-, 3-, 4-, or 6-day pass. Make the most of a 1-day hop-on hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour, Bateaux Parisiens river cruise, and unlimited public transport with the included travelcard. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit.
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  • 2 to 6 days
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See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

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Leave your map behind and follow me, your English showman, who will take you on exploration of 30+ top Paris’ sights. You will hear about and possibly meet some the legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Included in the tour, we will take in the incredible Eiffel Tower, a lively stroll through old Montmartre where Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso once lived, then upwards to the Sacre-Coeur for the best panoramic view of the City of Light. The show continues down with a view of the Champs élysées and the majestic Arc de Triomphe and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge we will experience a beautiful slice of French culture in the latin quater where you can pick up a snack (not included) from a nearby street market filled with patisseries. After that it's back on the trail. The English have over a 1000 years of experience in annoying the French, so I will be able to give you my personal insight on how to avoid certain embarrassing mis-understandings. Making this a super original experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Small group or Private Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

Small group or Private Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

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Dive into the gastronomic wonders of Paris on this tasting tour of the Marais. Explore the gay-friendly, eclectic district full of medieval architecture and Jewish-influenced eateries, and hear engaging historical commentary along the way. Crunch into a delicious baguette, try a macaron made by an esteemed pastry chef, and sample French liqueurs. Pass by top attractions including the Hôtel de Ville, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Rue des Rosiers, la Place des Vosges, and la Place de la Bastille. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Paris City Pass: Free admission & public transport

Paris City Pass: Free admission & public transport

The Paris City Pass grants you entry to the best Parisian highlights as well as access to the most important activities. Make the most of your time in Paris and let the Pass take care of the practicalities for you. Pick your favorite sights from the huge selection and visit as many as you like. The Paris City Pass is valid for either 2, 3*, 4, 5* or 6 days. * Note for museum visits: The 3-day-pass includes the Paris Museum Pass for the free visit of over 50 museums for 48 h; the 5-day-pass the free visit for 96 h. Please plan your schedule of visits according. Bonus in 4-day-pass: you can use the public transport for free on an additional 5th day. Enjoy free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Paris, including the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, a boat trip along the Seine, and much more. At some of the attractions you'll be able to spend less time queuing, heading straight for the entrance instead.
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  • 2 hours
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Paris Photo Tour with a Local Expert: Private & Personalized

Paris Photo Tour with a Local Expert: Private & Personalized

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With iconic landmarks and beautiful riverside scenery, Paris is a photographer’s dream destination—but knowing where to find the best angles requires local knowledge. On this tour, explore Paris with your guide to lead the way, and head straight to the vantage points with the finest views. Customise your itinerary to capture must-see sites like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, and capture the best of Paris on camera.
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  • 3 hours
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Pompidou Museum Paris 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Pompidou Museum Paris 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

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The Pompidou Centre is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of contemporary art and visiting with a guide ensures you make the most of your visit. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entrance, then marvel at masterpieces by artists including Pollock, Picasso, Duchamp, Warhol, and Matisse on a private 2-hour museum tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Paris Museum Pass and Seine River Cruise Including Delivery to Your Hotel

Paris Museum Pass and Seine River Cruise Including Delivery to Your Hotel

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Savor the world-class art offerings of Paris while avoiding the long entrance queues with the Paris Museum Pass. Choose from a 2-, 4- or 6-day pass, and enjoy unlimited, skip-the-line entry to more than 60 museums and attractions in Paris and surrounds. Also included is a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the famous Seine River. Get a new perspective on riverside landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame while relaxing aboard a specially designed touring boat.
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  • 1 day
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Explore the collection at the Pompidou

Explore the collection at the Pompidou

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Listen to enriching background on the history of modern and contemporary art as you get up close and personal with master artworks during this expert-led private tour of the Pompidou Center. Cover a variety of rich art movements, from Cubism to Conceptualism, as you enjoy a personalized half-day visit through the multi-floor collections. Hotel transfers are available on request.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Experience the oldest part of Paris with this guided walking tour of Le Marais. Along with a guide and a small group, you'll explore this historic district, passing through old parks and courtyards as your guide regales you with historic tales. You'll also get to spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter, full of kosher shops and restaurants and home to a large Parisian Jewish population to this day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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City bike tour on a dutch bike

City bike tour on a dutch bike

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Cruise around Paris on a bike tour to see its major attractions, following the lead of a knowledgeable guide. On a comfortable Dutch bicycle, start near the Arc de Triomphe and ride past famous city sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Centre Pompidou and much more. Along the way, listen to commentary about the city and its history from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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With its winding, cobblestoned lanes and centuries-old mansions, the Marais is the heart of historic Paris. Get up close and personal with the former royal neighborhood during this in-depth guided walking tour, which covers all the top highlights. Get a peek at the Place des Vosges, one of the oldest public squares in Paris, and explore the bustling Jewish quarter, following in the footsteps of Parisian nobility.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Le Marais Private Walking Tour

Le Marais Private Walking Tour

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Learn how the Marias was transformed from a favorite haunt of nobility into one of Paris’s most chic and edgy neighborhoods on a private walking tour. Trace the history of this multifaceted district that's alternatively been the city's aristocratic haven, Jewish quarter, working-class slum, and now a destination for fine art, high fashion, and gourmet dining. Connect sights like Place de Vosges and the Pletzel area to the artistic and cultural heritage of the Marais as a private guide shares local anecdotes and hidden treasures.
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  • 2 hours
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Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective on Paris with a private walking tour of your favorite neighborhood. Learn local history, discover tucked-away treasures, and get the scoop on the best places to eat, shop, and explore. Take your pick of diverse neighborhoods including Montmartre, Eiffel Tower/Champs-Elysées, St-Germain-des-Prés, Marais/Bastille, Opéra/Louvre, Montparnasse, or Panthéon/Latin Quarter. Enjoy the full attention of a private guide, who customizes your tour based on your interests and preferred pace.
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  • 2 hours
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$135.39
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Paris Sightseeing, Marais and Secrets Bike Tour

Paris Sightseeing, Marais and Secrets Bike Tour

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Explore hidden corners of the French capital in style on this 3-hour Marais bike tour in Paris. Hop onto your bicycle at the Pompidou Centre in central Paris and spin through the pretty streets with a guide. Head through bustling Beaubourg to the stylish Marais district and discover famous local landmarks including the iconic Place des Vosges. Explore St Paul and Île de la Cité — a natural island on the Seine River — and admire fine views over top attractions such as the Louvre Museum.
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  • 3 hours
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$43.60
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Kids and Families Marais Private Tour in Paris including Jewish Quarter

Kids and Families Marais Private Tour in Paris including Jewish Quarter

Explore Paris' Marais district on a private tour designed with families in mind. As you walk past medieval lanes and architecture, hidden courtyards, and stylish shops, a guide will keep you and your kids engaged in the history of the neighborhood. Sights you'll see include Place des Vosges, Hôtel de Ville, the Jewish Quarter, and Eglise Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis.
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  • 2 hours
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Medieval Paris Private Tour

Medieval Paris Private Tour

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Discover a side of Paris that existed before the modern-day glitz and romance on a private walking tour of the city’s medieval remnants. See well-preserved monuments that date back as far as 800 years, including the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Fountain of the Innocents, the Sorbonne, and Hotel de Cluny, a former 14th-century abbey. A private art historian guide leads you through the city to unlock its medieval mysteries. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 10 people.
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  • 2 hours
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$246.16
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Modern and Contemporary Art 2-hour Private Tour at Centre Pompidou in Paris

Modern and Contemporary Art 2-hour Private Tour at Centre Pompidou in Paris

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Explore the world of contemporary and modern art with this 2-hour private tour of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Join an official guide for a visit to this unique museum and avoid long queues with a skip-the-line admission ticket.
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  • 2 hours
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$85.36
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Paris Bike Tour + Bike Rental (Dutch Bike)

Paris Bike Tour + Bike Rental (Dutch Bike)

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Discover Paris by bike with a full-day package that combines a guided tour with a bike rental to continue exploring on your own. The half-day highlights tour orients you to the city’s bike lanes and covers some of the major sights, including the Seine River, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Louvre Museum, Centre Pompidou, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Afterward, go sightseeing independently with your rental bike.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.02
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$46.02
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Marais semi private walking tour

Marais semi private walking tour

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Get a feel for one of Paris’s most beloved neighborhoods on this 2-hour walking tour of the Marais. Going with a guide ensures you learn facts often missed by visitors about the area’s most important landmarks, from the Centre Pompidou to the oldest paved street in the city. With a group size capped at 10, this walking tour offers an intimate perspective on the area’s history and atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
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$123.08
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Half day Paris Tour with private driver and guide

Half day Paris Tour with private driver and guide

Explore the most famous monuments of Paris in comfort and style on a private, 4-hour tour. Travel with a local driver and guide in a Mercedes minivan, stopping as often as you like to snap photos and learn the history of iconic sights like Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur Basilica, Luxembourg Gardens and more. It’s a great, personalized introduction to the City of Lights.
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  • 4 hours
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$129.23
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Centre Pompidou Paris Skip-The-Line Small-Group Guided Museum Tour

Centre Pompidou Paris Skip-The-Line Small-Group Guided Museum Tour

On this 2 to 2.5 hour semi-private (8 guest maximum) guided museum tour, you will explore Renzo Piano’s colorful yet confusing landmark and the art within. Explore Paris’s best collection of modern and contemporary art while visiting the whimsical Pompidou Center.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$121.96
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Skip-the-line Centre Pompidou Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour

Skip-the-line Centre Pompidou Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour

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Go modern in Paris with a private tour of the groundbreaking Centre Pompidou museum—the city’s high-profile home for contemporary art. Learn the backstory of the colorful yet controversial design by Renzo Piano, and step inside its spacious galleries for an insightful look at modern masters, from Picasso and Matisse to Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.96
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$121.96
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Paris 3-hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Paris 3-hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

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Spin from Notre Dame Cathedral to the Eiffel Tower on this 3-hour sightseeing bike tour in Paris. Hop onto your bicycle at the Pompidou Centre in central Paris and take to the streets with a guide. Head out along the banks of the Seine River, then cross Notre-Dame Bridge onto the Île de la Cité as a guide sheds light on Paris’ colorful past. Take in top landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and stop along the way to capture the city on camera.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.60
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15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide

15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide

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First-time Paris visitors certainly have a long list of sights to see, and chances are, most of them are on the itinerary of this Paris sightseeing tour. Join your guide for a fun walk through the city, where you can see the top landmarks in just a few hours. Highlights include views of the Arc de Triomphe, Pont Neuf bridge, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower, complete with your guide's commentary as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.97
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