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The project of the Centre Pompidou was initially conceptualized to be a large, free and general use public library that until the mid 20th century was...

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Explore Centre Pompidou with a professional guide and get the most out of your visit. This complex building, in the heart of Paris, offers m...

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Get the most of contemporary and modern art taking this 2-hour guided tour of the Centre Pompidou with an expert guide. In the very heart of...

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Visit the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou with an expert guide.The Centre Pompidou now contains Europe's leading collection of ...

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Good to know

Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, it's considered a high-tech architectural wonder. All the infrastructure of the building is (radically) exposed, freeing up space in the interior.
Even in the off-season it's busy so it pays to book your tickets in advance. You'll still have to queue but at least it'll be shorter.
It was championed by former president Georges Pompidou (hence the name), who wanted to create a cultural center that would draw visitors to the city.
Don't make the mistake of waiting in the enormous queue for the public library (on the side of the building). Enter from the main entrance.
The pipes, ducts and other exterior elements are color coded according to their function, with blue for air, green for water, yellow for electricity, and red for elevators and lifts.
It's more popular than anyone thought it would be and receives around 25,000 visitors a day, five times more than originally planned for.
The 6th floor has a spectacular panoramic view. Access is included in your entrance ticket, otherwise you can get in by dining at Georges or buying a 5 euro view-only ticket.
Thursdays the center is open until 11pm. It's less crowded, but only the 6th floor exhibition is open til late.
Georges is the fancy French fusion restaurant with the spectacular view. It's where you'll find posh locals and tourists looking to splurge.
Not all the art is inside. The nearby Stravinsky fountain was created in 1983 by artists Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle. Its 16 modern sculptures are inspired by Igor Stravinsky's ‘The Rite of Spring', and his other major works.

The inside story

The project of the Centre Pompidou was initially conceptualized to be a large, free and general use public library that until the mid 20th century was greatly lacking in the city of Paris. At the same time the city’s Museum of Modern Arts, or Musée National d’Art Moderne was in great need of a new home.

Commissioned by the then President of France Georges Pompidou (whose name was eventually given to this cultural center) an architectural competition began to win the right to plan and build the new structure.

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How to get there

Centre Pompidou 19 Rue Beaubourg Paris
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