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Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

Place George Pompidou, Paris, 75004

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.

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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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$85.63 per adult
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Fantastic Tour of Pompidou
Mauritzio was our guide and he was fantastic! Highly recommend. We got a lot out of our two hours and I enjoyed so much that I will be booking for some family who are traveling to Paris. 5 stars!
Alexandra_B, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Art Museum
Luz_S, Jul 2019
Skip-the-line Centre Pompidou Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
The arts exposed in this museum is notable and helpful understand as it was modified. Our guide was very knowledgeable, provided good details and was able to answer our questions. We enjoyed it and had a great time.
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Pompidou with Maurizio ROCKS
mspiceGeaux, Mar 2019
Modern and Contemporary Art 2-hour Private Tour at Centre Pompidou in Paris
My thirteen year old son and I had a tour of the Pompidou Center with Maurizio in March 2019. Maurizio was incredibly knowledgeable and professional, and made the tour fun and interesting for my son and me. He gave texture and context to the many works of art we saw. His English was impeccable. I highly recommend this tour and Maurizio, in particular. It was definitely worth the cost and I will absolutely request him to be out guide when we return.
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Perfect Progression of Art and History in Paris
Mickey K, Jan 2019
Modern and Contemporary Art 2-hour Private Tour at Centre Pompidou in Paris
A truly amazing tour of modern masterpieces. Our Guide was so knowledgeable and totally enthusiastic about the Center and the art that it was a pleasure to be guided by him. Our tour began outside the center with an explanation of the outside chessboard, and an explanation of the brilliant design of the center and the systems on the outside in varying colors according to their function. The art he chose to show us was the perfect next step after our tours of the Louvre and D'Orsay to illustrate the progression of art and history in Paris Highly recommended.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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