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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  • The largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. Architecture of the exceptional Museum. To avoid the crowds, focus on Monday night.
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  • The Centre Pompidou has aged since my last visit (10 years earlier). On the other hand, which is a shame, it's that most of the 6th floor terrace has been privatized by a brewery ("the George"), quite chic style with waitresses type "models" but with prices that hurt the wallet very. So do views on the Stravinsky fountain to enter and... to consume. Furthermore, the curved windows in the traffic corridors are particularly dirty, which makes difficult the shooting through. To have a nice point of view, I advise to borrow the passageways of the 6th and 5th floor, crossing the doors cut fire that open automatically when you approach. Most of the visitors believe they are locked and do not approach them. Furthermore, if you want that make you on the terraces without visiting exhibitions, think to ask a ticket "terrace", because otherwise by default the cashiers will charge you a complete ticket (20 euros instead of 3 euros!).
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  • I booked my ticket online in order to have a look at Magritte exhibition. When I arrived, it took me 30 minutes to go past security. Then Ilearned there was 90 minutes more to wait to step into the ex...  more »
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  • The Pomp-a-queue. Queued for an hour to get in through "security". Queued for another 40 minutes to go to the (empty) permanent exhibition. Wanted to go to the temporary exhibition (reason for our visit) but the announcements were telling us it would be another 1.5 hours queue for that - so didn't bother and went to the cafe for a salad. €24 for a salad! Didn't bother with that either, and left the place €30 lighter.
  • We have visited the permanent exhibition (free on first Sunday/month but very long queue) and enjoyed the pieces of art very much. The building is not very beautiful but very notable and the architectural concept makes sense. From the top of the building you have a great view over the roofs of Paris.
  • Some suggestions for visiting: - there are few entrances ( principle from the square, and from the other side of building) so if you find a line, waiting fo enter, you can try another entrance. - when entered you may find another line for buying tickets. You can by them in the ticket window or using a ticket machine ( shorter lines, just electronic payments no cash, no Maestro) - there is prohibited to enter in museum with a backpacks, or large bags, so deposit it before to take a line for entrance. You can deposit your items just after a ticket purchase, and showing it on deposit desk. - best hours to visit - after 17:00
  • Modern and contemporary art. Excellent pieces from many eras and the building is absolutely amazing. You have some of the best views of Paris from the top floors and the buildings design is absolutely amazing! Great fit for a modern art building. Definitely worth a visit!
  • This is a great museum with some interesting pieces of old and contemporary art. The building itself looks amazing and it's a usually calm place. It also have a restaurant in top of the museum, so if anyone wants to eat there, it provides a wide selection of food and drinks, also it has a nice view of Paris.