Centre Pompidou is a world class modern art museum with great collections of Picasso, Chagall and Matisse paintings. It is also a spectacular contemporary monument in Paris oldest district. The view from the top is one of the best in Paris.
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 hour walk in Paris we have prepared for you.
Locate Centre Pompidou on Paris map.
Paris metro: Chatelet les Halles and Rambuteau stations. Open all days except Tuesdays and May 1st from 11am to 10pm (closed at 9 pm). Thursdays until 11pm.
The ticket (14 euros) is valid for the temporary exhibitions and the National Museum of Modern Art.
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, which also organizes first class temporary exhibitions.
To see more great modern and contemporary paintings in Paris, visit also the lesser known Musee art moderne.
Born in Spain, Pablo Picasso (picture) (1881-1973) spent most of his life in Paris and in the French Riviera in Southern France. For that reason, France has three world class Picasso Museums: Centre Pompidou, Picasso Museum Paris, Picasso Museum Antibes.
Centre Pompidou has a collection of 65 Picasso paintings spanning his entire life. A good complement to Paris Picasso Museum, near-by, dedicated to the artist.
Born in Russia, Marc Chagall (picture) (1887-1985) spent much of his long life in Paris and in the French Riviera. He became a french celebrity and an extremely popular painter.
Centre Pompidou has a collection of 59 Chagall paintings spanning his entire life. While in Paris, you can also admire the Chagall ceiling (picture) of XIXth century Opera Garnier. We also recommend you to go to the French Riviera and visit the wonderful Chagall Museum Nice.
Henri Matisse (picture) (1869-1954) was a frenchman. As Picasso and Chagall, he started in Paris, emigrated to the USA when World War II broke out and came back to France after the war to settle in the French Riviera. Matisse is also an extremely popular painter.
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 Nice in the French Riviera.
Fernand Leger (picture) (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 in the French Riviera.
Centre Pompidou has 35 Leger paintings. You could complement your visit to Centre Pompidou with a visit to the spectacular Leger Museum Biot in a lovely village in the French Riviera.
Jonglers and musicians animate the large lazza in front of Centre Pompidou. The whole district is very lively. You will find bars and music on rue des Lombards (Paris map) very close to Centre Pompidou. The large Les Halles Shopping Mall is 5' walking from Centre Pompidou.
On the top floor of Centre Pompidou, the expensive Georges restaurant has a great Paris view. It is possible to enjoy the view of the city from the escalator and top floor platform.
Centre Pompidou is the most spectacular 20th century building in Paris. It was designed in 1977 by architects Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rodgers from the UK 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, Louvre Museum and Le Marais.
Many parisians refer to Centre Pompidou as Beaubourg.
Georges Pompidou was born in 1911 in a small village of France. He was Prime Minister of France from 1962 to 1968, the longest tenure in the position, and President of France from 1969 until his death in 1974. He had long been a top aide to president Charles de Gaulle. As president, he was a moderate conservative, repaired France's relationship with the United States and maintained positive relations with the former colonies in Africa. Georges Pompidou passionately loved modern art. He personnally took the decision to create what later became the Centre Pompidou.