Centre Pompidou

Visit Centre Pompidou

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.

Centre Pompidou in Paris
Centre Pompidou in Paris

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Centre Pompidou: information

Paris metro: Chatelet les Halles and Rambuteau stations. Open all days except Tuesdays and May 1st from 11am to 10pm (closed at 9 pm).

The ticket (13 euros) is valid for the exhibitions and the National Museum of Modern Art. Buy ticket online (14.6 euros). For easy access to Paris museums, buy your Paris Museum Pass.

Centre Pompidou web site.
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Centre Pompidou: the collections

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.

Picasso - Muse - Centre Pompidou
Picasso - Muse - Centre Pompidou

Picasso in Centre Pompidou

Born in Spain, Pablo Picasso (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.

Le marchand de bestiaux - Chagall - Centre Pompidou
Le marchand de bestiaux - Chagall - Centre Pompidou
Chagall - Centre Pompidou
Chagall - Centre Pompidou

Chagall in Centre Pompidou

Born in Russia, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) also spent much of his long life in Paris and on the French Riviera. He became a french celebrity.

Centre Pompidou has a collection of 59 Chagall paintings spanning his entire life. You can also admire the Chagall ceiling at Paris Opera Garnier or visit the wonderful Nice Chagall Museum.

Matisse in Centre Pompidou

Henri Matisse (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.

Centre Pompidou has a large collection of Matisse paintings. You could also complement your visit of Centre Pompidou by flying to the great Matisse Museum in Nice on the French Riviera.

La tristesse du roi - Matisse - Centre Pompidou
La tristesse du roi - Matisse - Centre Pompidou
Grands plongeurs  - Fernand Leger - Centre Pompidou
Grands plongeurs - Fernand Leger - Centre Pompidou

Fernand Leger in Centre Pompidou

Fernand Leger (1881-1955) was also a frenchman. As the three others, he first settled in Paris, emigrated to the USA and came back after the war to settle on the French Riviera.

Centre Pompidou has 35 Leger paintings. You could complement your visit to Centre Pompidou by a visit to the spectacular Leger Museum in the lovely village of Biot on the French Riviera.

Centre Pompidou district

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.

Fontaine Stravinski - Centre Pompidou
Fontaine Stravinski - Centre Pompidou
Rear facade of Centre Pompidou in Paris
Rear facade of Centre Pompidou in Paris

Centre Pompidou: the monument

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 of Paris' oldest district between Notre-Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum.

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