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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  • Each time I visit this museum with a group of students, something makes it a less than wonderful experience. For one thing, the collections are less than outstanding. There are a handful of Matisse an...  more »
  • If you come down the Champs Elysses, past the second Arc, you will find downtown Paris and this unusual building. It is worth looking around all four or five levels. There are statues, restaurants, sh...  more »
  • This review is just of the exterior of the building and the panoramic view from the 6th floor. The Paris Pass gets you to the top (6th floor for the view, but not all the museums). At first they told ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • One of the best museums in Paris for modern contemporary art. While some hate it's architecture I personally like it very much since it leaves more space inside for the actual museum. After visiting other comparable museums in other countries, this is still the one that mixes the best selection of artists and styles in it's "permanent" exhibition. Temporary exhibition are also very often amazing. The view of Paris from the top floor is a must see.
  • The whole complex is housed in a modern and odd (when compared to most of Paris) building, which is a great setting when you consider this place is a haven for modern and conceptual art. Top three floors are for permanent and temporary exhibitions where you will have the rare chance to see infamous pieces of extraordinary art, like Duchamp's urinary or Pollock's paintings, of course these are the well known examples, so be ready to spend long hours with hundreds of pieces of artworks from a wide variety of disciplines. There's ​also a boutique to buy Centre Pompidou souvenir as well as some design apparel, even furniture. I haven't checked the restaurant while I am sure it is a good experience but I wouldn't prefer here solely for dining purposes.
  • Amazingly huge museum of modern art with a wonderful presentation of their collection, informative posters and knowledgeable staff. You could easily spend a day there and I almost did! But I wonder with all the floors they have why only two are open for the public (temporary exhibitions and main gallery). It's a 6 level building altogether! Anyway a lovely large space with as interesting an architecture as it has fine art.
  • Overall, thought this was a really great museum. Unfortunately the outdoor hamster tube walkway doesn't have any air flow and holds heat in better than a summer greenhouse. Also, some of the art in there can be very weird. I guess that is to be expected.