Centre Pompidou preserves one of the three most important collections of modern and contemporary art in the world, with that of the Museum of Modern Art from New York and Tate Modern from London. It consists of more than 100,000 works by 6,400 artists.
The cultural complex includes the museum, IRCAM (Institute for research and acoustic/music coordination), the Kandinski Library, which brings together 400,000 specialized documents in art, the and an excellent bookstore, arguably the busiest in Paris in the field of art.
The museum also offers one of the most beautiful views of Paris.
It will be difficult to see everything in one day. You will be forced to make a few choices. The collections are segmented into 6 themes:
The museum offers a packed agenda with temporary exhibitions, always with a flagship exhibition. So, from October 4, 2017 to January 29, 2018, the museum will be presenting André Derain, the pioneer of Fauvism.
The architecture of this building alone deserves a visit.
This museum was born of the will of the president Georges Pompidou, a great lover of modern art, to give back to Paris a central place on the world artistic scene by creating in the heart of Paris, in Beaubourg, a unique place dedicated to contemporary art.
At the end of an international architecture competition, a jury chaired by Jean Prouvé, decided in 1971 to keep the project by Renzo, Richard Rogers, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianfranco_Franchini. It is the only project that takes up a little less than half of the space of Beaubourg, thus creating a forum vis-a-vis the museum. The 500,000 cubic-meter main building is an entirely metallic structure that frees up to eight 7,500 square-foot rooms, cluttered without partitions, staircases, elevators, or a logistics area, allowing the museum to exploit space in the utmost freedom.
This project was particularly criticized by the Parisians, some of whom named the museum "Notre Damme de la tuyauterie" (Notre Damme of piping). Yet, few were moved by the state of this district before the birth of the project:
The rapid success of the Centre Pompidou gradually silenced its detractors.
As is with many museums and tourist sites unfortunately, the catering was badly done.
Although this restaurant made a big impression at its opening, despite its exceptional view and a decoration at the level of the Museum, the service and cuisine are today notoriously questionable and contested (37% average to horrible reviews - TripAdvisor). That does not prevent prices from flying.
With 60% of average reviews on TripAdvisor, this cafe restaurant does not get better results, ranking 12900 out of 14600 establishments in Paris.
Here are the tips we recommend for avoiding queues:
1. Purchase tickets online or ask the hotel concierge to do it for you.
2. Choose off-peak hours:
3. Avoid rainy days, especially on Sundays
From Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 9pm. Thursday until 11 pm, only for temporary exhibitions.
The museum also offers guided tours, numerous conferences, and visits for professionals and amateurs for the public.
Buy online: https://billetterie.centrepompidou.fr/content
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
19, rue des Prêtres-Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois
+33 (0)1 40 41 96 42