Centre Pompidou

Address: Piazza Georges Pompidou, Rue Rambuteau, Paris, 75004, France
Telephone: 01 44 78 12 33

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

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

There are guided tours in English of the collections on Sunday at noon.

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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture