Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, Paris

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Surrounded by 11,000 sq m (36,090 sq ft) of glass, the postmodern Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou is an art gallery, an acoustic research center, and a vast public library. As you approach the front of this high-tech structure, you'll see a 7.6-m (25-ft) freestanding mobile sculpture called "Horizontal" by Alexander Calder. The center’s art curators have assembled a marvelous introduction of conceptual art consisting of approachable works that are sure to delight, amuse, and entertain. After you browse each of the building's seven floors, be sure not to skip the fine restaurant by the Costes brothers on the roof. Take a look at our Paris tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The best time to go see an exhibition, it's at night, Thursday night, from 10 pm to 11: 00 1: quiet in the face of the works, even for the most popular exhibitions.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Really good. Hockney for me was primarily the Californian scenery (swimming pools, etc.) but the exhibition shows also his early works and the most recent ones. Interesting, very accessible. Plus the ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The Centre Pompidou or love him or hate him. I loved him as soon as I saw it, back in 1989. I like the building, the architecture, the interior spaces, where there is the Picasso exhibition, among other things, the square outside and goes well with the neighborhood, Les Halles.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The museum itself was a treat. Great views from numerous vantage points and outside exhibits. The various modern art collection was nifty as well. The only disappointment was the stinking Le Georges restaurant. Overpriced for what you get. Fresh food, small portions, prepared super fast. Ironic this place is at the Pompidou because that's all I got, pompous assed serviced that had the gall to point out the price doesn't include tip. Tip is for above and beyond service, it's for deserving service of which this did not deliver. Save your money for the entrance fee to the museum, at least the modern art is more deserving.
  • August 25, 2017
    Modern art (not really my thing). The place is well layed out and you can go in for free if you're 18 years old or younger (you have to show your ID). It's worth going in just for the rooftop view over Paris. Beautiful.
  • August 20, 2017
    Amazing David Hockney retrospective at the time. I was less impressed with the crowd management at busy times; 15 minutes queue for security checks (fine) followed by another 15 minutes queue to get tickets (OK), then another 10 minutes queue to show your tickets (really?) and finally another 30 minutes queue to see the exhibition (by that time the will to live had almost escaped me). Moral of the story; avoid busy times if possible and buy online tickets.
  • September 5, 2017
    The first Sunday of every month many of Paris's museums are free entry. This is a great thing but it does mean you have to contend with queues and crowds. It didn't matter so much here though as the exhibition space is so large.
  • May 21, 2017
    One of the best museums in Paris. It contains an amazing collection of modern art. The building itself is very interesting and you have access to some great views of Paris. We went there on a Friday morning and the place did not feel crowded. The galleries are arranged nicely so you really get to see the art. It is a much better experience than the Louvre.

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