Designed by Richard Rogers, Gianfranco Franchini, and Renzo Piano, and completed in 1976, the Centre Pompidou Paris houses one the world’s greatest collections of modern art and is an internationally renowned art exhibition center.
The building itself is considered by many to be a work of art, the mechanical systems are exposed on the exterior of the building in a skeleton of brightly coloured tubes.
There are ever-changing exhibitions that can be researched on www.centrepompidou.fr and a permanent display of the very best of modern art: Matisse, Braque, Picasso, Juan Gris, De Chirico, Leger, Miro, Giacometti, Man Ray, Dali, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Klee, Pollock, the list is endless and breathtaking.
There is a restaurant, Georges, on the top of the Centre Pompidou Paris, which gives a great view of Notre Dame and Paris. Free entrance to use the escalator if you mention that you are going to Georges, the food is fusion and the view, particularly at night, is magical. Ask for a window seat!
Please note that security is extremely strict at the Centre Pompidou Paris, no large bags or rucksacks are allowed and the queue to get through the security checks can be long, so avoid the midday rush. Avoid queuing up after 5 pm.
Even if modern art doesn’t appeal to you the Centre Pompidou Paris is a must-see attraction and the square in front of the Centre Pompidou Paris is a hive of entertainment with street performers, sketch artists, and sometimes even carnivals or skateboard competitions.
Entrance is 10 euros with under 18’s free. Centre Pompidou Paris is included in the museum pass.
Metro: Rambuteau, Les Halles
RER: Chatelet – Les Halles
Centre Pompidou is open every day from 11am to 9pm, except Tuesdays.
Alternatives to Georges restaurant
- Flunch (www.flunch.fr), the french restaurent chain, has a restaurant, opposite Pompidou.
- Many cheap restaurants at Latin Quarter, which is 5 minutes from here.