Centre Pompidou Overview

The Centre Pompidou, An architectural masterpiece of the 20th century that offers visitors a glimpse into high-tech, post-modern design and is a fantastic example of Brutalist architecture. Explore the great artistic movements of the 20th and 21st centuries through an array of art pieces, including paintings, sculptures and photography. In addition, the museum exhibits more than 50,000 masterpieces by notable artists. One can be engulfed by the breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Paris from the rooftop, located on the sixth story. Book your Centre Pompidou tickets to spend an entire day at Europe's largest museum of contemporary art and indulge in the aura of art, creativity and history.

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  • Admire over 100,000 modern artworks, including the masterpieces of world-famous artists like Matisse, Picasso, Dubuffet, and Brancusi

  • Explore Centre Pompidou in Paris and admire the colorful exterior of this 20th century's architectural marvel

  • Learn about the various art movements from of the 21st century, including fauvism, cubism, and abstraction

  • Learn about the various art movements of the 21st century, including fauvism, cubism, and abstraction

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Must Know Before You Go
  • No smoking or consumption of alcohol at the premises is allowed.
  • Any personal expenses or items of personal nature will not be included in the package.
  • Avoid uncomfortable clothing during the activities (like saris, etc.)
  • Kindly dispose of plastics in an appropriate manner.
  • Participants aged 0-17 years can join the experience for free. Participants aged 18 years and above have to book the package at adult prices.
  • Fixed day ticket implies that this ticket can only be redeemed on the date that you've booked the ticket, it won't be carried forward to next or any other day.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • The free cloakroom is open from 11:00 AM - 9:50 PM and can be found on level 0.
  • The cloakroom does not accept oversized bags (35 x 15 x 30).
  • Exhibition areas close at 9:00 PM.
  • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
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What is Le Centre Pompidou?

Centre Pompidou

Le Centre Pompidou, an architectural gem of the world, is primarily a museum and center known for stunning works of modern art from the 20th century, including works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, Constantin Brancusi and many more. Apart from this, the famed Parisian tourist destination also displays music, cinema and multimedia.

Centre Pompidou Architecture is housed with a wide range of amenities for tourists to choose from when they visit the museum. A massive public library and the centre for industrial design feel like the cherry on the cake. A film museum and the Centre for Musical and Acoustical Research (Ircam) will bring you close to the treasures of contemporary music and art. An auditorium is available for contemporary music performances, and practice spaces and studios are available at the campus itself.

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Highlights of Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

An enormous, rectangular superstructure composed of steel and glass, contains six storeys of large column-free spaces. In order to go to every floor of the building, tourists use the escalators in the "caterpillar," a wide tube that runs diagonally through the Centre Pompidou Architecture. Because the Pompidou Center's structural, mechanical, and air-circulation systems are integrated into the building's facade, the structure is noted for its "inside-out" design that gives enough space for cultural attractions and art galleries inside the building.

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Collections at the Pompidou Center are inspired by the significant artistic trends of the 20th and 21st centuries and equally engage the varied art practices of the younger contemporary artists of the present day. The museum's Visual Arts collection includes modern sculptures; scenes from the historical era; informal art; thematic halls of avant-garde art; and several three-dimensional paintings and sculptures.

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The Masterpieces are exclusively placed at the 4th and 5th levels of the building to give an extraordinary experience to the visitors. Tourists are captivated by the iconic works of artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which raises awareness of contemporary art genres. Witness the art pieces of Robert Delaunay's Manège de cochons, Frida Kahlo's The Frame, and enjoy the beauty of modern art.

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Kandinsky Library
Kandinsky Library

The French National Museum of Modern Art's Documentation and Research Center houses the Kandinsky Library, a collection of visual arts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Over 18,000 printed works and other types of printed reproduction are included in the collection. These include books of prints by artists and prints, photo albums, and artists' reviews. Book objects, leaflets and posters are also a part of this exclusive collection. In addition, it preserves the museum's documentary collection, manuscripts, printed materials, photographs, films, and videos.

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The Drawing and Graphic Art collection at the Centre Pompidou was established in 1975 and contains more than 20,000 drawings and prints. A modern portion (1905–1960) comprising works by Victor Brauner, Marc Chagall, Natalia Gontcharova, and others has been added to the collection, which was previously on exhibit at the Jeu de Paume and the Musée du Luxembourg. This is a must-have experience for tourists to experience these exceptional drawings at the Centre Pompidou.

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Since the opening of the Centre Pompidou in 1981, the photography collection housed in the Musée d'art moderne has been around for over four decades. With over 45,000 prints and 60,000 negatives, this photography collection now ranks among the largest in the world and spans the entire twentieth century. Among its holdings are works by European avant-garde artists (Surrealism, Nouvelle Vision and Constructivism), but it also prioritizes contemporary art, which has made up a substantial portion of its recent acquisitions since its founding.

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Film & New Media
Film & New Media

The Centre Pompidou is home to one of the first collections devoted to studying cinematic media like film, video, sound, and digital. In order to promote heritage and culture through new and experimental media, this collection was started in 1976 when the Musée national d'art moderne was relocated to the Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers-designed building. There are nearly 2,600 pieces in the new media collection, including experimental films and art installations by visual artists, from 1963 to the current day.

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The Centre Pompidou organizes significant exhibitions on a regular basis, including monographic, historical, and thematic ones. Visitors can see and appreciate the ever-changing world of modern art and current production through these broad exhibitions. In addition, this location has hosted numerous significant temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. It is also possible to experience these temporary exhibitions through virtual tours, augmented reality and interactive experiments via the internet.

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Brancusi's Studio
Brancusi's Studio

More than 1,600 glass photographic plates and original prints by Constantin Brancusi are on display at Brancusi's Studio in Romania, including 137 sculptures, 87 bases, 41 drawings, and two paintings. According to a legend, Brancusi spent the majority of his career in Paris, where he created most of his work from 1904 until he died in 1957. He left his entire studio to the French government in his will. In 1997, a replica of this was built on the plaza next to the Centre Pompidou to store his collection.

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Centre Pompidou, located in the heart of Paris, is a revolutionary hub of contemporary art and culture. Its iconic architecture, marked by exposed pipes and vibrant colors, stands out amid historic surroundings. Inside, a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art awaits, featuring works by renowned artists. From captivating exhibitions to dynamic performances, the Centre Pompidou offers an immersive experience that pushes artistic boundaries. Exploring its avant-garde exhibits and cultural programs is a journey into the pulse of modern creativity within the timeless backdrop of Paris.

Brief History of Le Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

The history of Le Centre Pompidou dates back to 1968, when a new free public library was first announced by French President Charles de Gaulle. When Georges Pompidou became France's new president, he proposed the addition of a modern art museum in the Beaubourg building.

Many different countries throughout the world sent in their ideas for a new Centre Georges Pompidou. Out of 680 entries, the winning design was a high-tech skyscraper that epitomized high-tech modern architecture by Italian architect Renzo Piano, British architect Richard Rogers and British designer Su Rogers.The building underwent extensive renovations in 1997 and was completed in 2000. Eventually, it became one of the most prominent art museums in France. It holds the collections of works by Picasso, Kahlo, Wassily Kandinsky, as well as other well-known artists. The museum also hosts world-renowned temporary exhibitions. A new Le Centre Pompidou location in the French city of Metz opened in 2010.

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Centre Pompidou’s Architecture

Glass and Metal Superstructure
Glass and Metal Superstructure

A rectangular prism shape structure with glass paneling and steel pipes gives an exoskeleton look to the building. Because of this, the towers' sides became translucent. So, the higher you go in the skyscraper, the more stunning the views of Paris's 4th arrondissement become. So, if you are planning to visit this amazing place, Don’t forget to go to the rooftop.

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"Inside-out" design
"Inside-out" design

The building's architectural design is unique in that the building's functional components, such as air conditioning, electricity, water, lifts, and escalators, are visible on the building's façade via color-coded pipes for ease of maintenance. Each hue represents a different type of pipe: plumbing (green), electrical (yellow), transportation (red), and climate control (blue).

Flexible Interior
Flexible Interior

It was built in such a way that each of the six stories, as well as every 7000 square meters of the structure, may be reconfigured to serve a variety of functions. An innovative idea for a national museum of contemporary art, where the building's structure was not determined by its design but rather by its function.

The Caterpillar
The Caterpillar

The "caterpillar," a large escalator tube cutting diagonally across the building's front from the bottom to the top floor, is the building's exterior showpiece. It is an escalator for tourists, which looks like an industrial sophistication on the building's facade.

The Piazza
The Piazza

An ample open public space in front of the Centre Pompidou serves as the building's main entrance. Because of its location in a densely populated urban region, the Centre Pompidou's design prioritizes connecting with the surrounding public space.

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1. Location:

Le Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris-75004

2. Operational Days:

  • Wednesday to Monday
  • 11:00 AM -10:00 PM
  • Tuesdays Closed
  • The exhibition area will be closed at 9:00 PM. The last admission is one hour before closing.Centre Pompidou tickets are valid throughout the day.

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