Lesser known than the Louvre Museum and Orsay Museum, Le Centre Pompidou is well worth your time: central Paris location, a daring monument, modern art collections, stunning Paris views and a lively district.
You can visit Centre Pompidou as part of the 4 hours Paris walking tour we have prepared for you.
Paris metro: Chatelet les Halles and Rambuteau stations. Open all days except Tuesdays and May 1st from 11am to 10pm (closed at 9 pm).
Centre Pompidou has 60 000 pieces of art, the second largest 20th century art collection in the world behind MOMA in New York City, USA. The collections are exhibited on a six month rotation basis.
Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Kandinsky, Leger are the best represented painters in Centre Pompidou. Centre Pompidou also organizes temporary exhibitions.
To see more great modern art paintings in Paris, visit also the lesser known Paris Modern Art Museum.
Born in Spain, Pablo Picasso (picture) (1881-1973) spent most of his life in Paris and on the French Riviera in Southern France. For that reason, France has three world class Picasso Museums: Centre Pompidou, Paris Picasso Museum, Antibes Picasso Museum.
Centre Pompidou has a collection of 65 Picasso paintings spanning his entire life. A good substitute to Paris Picasso Museum, closed until end October 2014.
Born in Russia, Marc Chagall (picture) (1887-1985) also spent much of his long life in Paris and on the French Riviera. He became a french celebrity.
Henri Matisse (picture) (1869-1954) was a frenchman. As Picasso and Chagall, he started in Paris, emigrated to the USA when WW II broke out and came back to France after the war to settle on the French Riviera.
Jonglers and musicians animate the plazza in front of Centre Pompidou. The whole district is very lively. You will find bars and music on rue des Lombards very close to Centre Pompidou.
On the top floor of Centre Pompidou, the expensive Georges restaurant has a great Paris view.
Centre Pompidou is the most spectacular 20th century building in Paris. It was designed in 1977 by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rodgers to make art and culture accessible to everyone.
Its factory style architecture contrasts with the surrounding houses (pictures) of Paris' oldest district between Notre-Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum.
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