Centre Pompidou

Price guide: Mid-range

Piazza Georges Pompidou, Rue Rambuteau, Paris, 75004

Price guide: Mid-range

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Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Sightseeing

Expert review of Centre Pompidou

A buzzing landmark of modern art and architecture.

Roger's and Piano's Centre Pompidou was a landmark in high-tech architecture when it opened in the 1970s and I still get a thrill every time I take the escalators that climb up the side of the building. The Musée National d'Art Modern on the 4th and 5th floor is the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world after Moma in New York, although only a fraction gets shown at a time, but you can be sure to find masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, Beuys or Klein, videos and installations by young artists, photography and design. There are usually two or three temporary exhibitions on at a time on the 6th floor and mezzanine galleries.

Price advice: 

10 to 12 euros for the museum and all exhibition spaces; free under 18s; museum free for EU nationals under 26; panoramic view only 3 euros.

Expert tips: 
The Centre Pompidou is pluri-disciplinary – look out also for unusual film seasons and adventurous performing arts.
There's an excellent art and design bookshop on the ground floor.
As well as fashionable restaurant Georges at the top, there's also a simple café on the mezzanine.
Queues are often shorter in the evening.
There are guided tours in English of the collections on Sunday at noon.

More information on Centre Pompidou:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Architectural site, Art gallery, Landmark / monument
Address:
Piazza Georges Pompidou, Rue Rambuteau, Paris, 75004
Telephone:
01 44 78 12 33
Website:
http://www.centrepompidou.fr
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Wed-Mon noon-9pm, closed Tue and 1 May.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Rainy days, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano

Have you been to Centre Pompidou? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Interesting. Especially the video art of the woman thrusting a pan toward the screen whilst shouting "pan"