Known as other similar names like Centre Georges Pompidou or simply Pompidou Center, this vastly unique and fun-filled place is an absolute must while in Paris if you are looking for some entertainment. If you are unaware of what this specific complex can offer, hopefully the following information can help…
A Brief History
Designed by an architectural team consisting of Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers,and Gianfranco Franchini, Centre Pompidou is essentially a complex building housing a library, a museum, and a center for both music and acoustic research along with a couple other things. It was named after the President of France (1969-1974) named Georges Pompidou. It took about six years to complete from the years 1971 to 1977 and is considered a high-tech architectural wonder by many. The entire goal and vision behind the Centre Pompidou was to allow for a place that would bring together in one single building a showcase of different forms of both art and literature, which is exactly what it does to this day.
You will find the Centre Pompidou in the Beaubourg area (city center), which is located in the city’s fourth arrondissement. Easily accessible by public transport (bus or metro) and so unique looking that it is extremely hard to miss. Metro lines 1, 3, 3, 7, 11, and 14 all take you there.
Address: Places Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
When to Visit
The Centre Pompidou is open every day of the week except Tuesdays from the hours of 11am to 10pm. No matter what time of the year it is, chances of it being crowded towards the earlier hours of when it first opens are pretty usual. The best chance is to visit later at night if you are hoping to surpass the larger crowds.
Admission: Museum: Starting at 11 euro (sometimes up to 13 euro)
What to do There
If you are a lover of modern art and unique designs and displays, then you are undoubtedly going to love spending time at the Centre Pompidou. Start by heading to the Musee National d’Art Modern, the largest museum for modern art in Europe where you will find hundreds of impressive works by various artists before making your way to the Bibliotheque publique d’information (Public Information Library) where bookworms can gaze upon the thousands of books all available for reading and viewing. Next, be sure to check out the IRCAM (Institute of Research and Coordination Acoustic/Music) where you can learn about the science that takes place behind music and sound. After you are done with all of those fun features of Centre Pompidou, make your way to one of the two cinemas or the one theater for a featured showing sure to be nothing short of fun and entertaining. To end the perfect morning or afternoon at the complex, head up to the rooftop restaurant and enjoy great food while taking in views of the city. No matter what you decide to do while there, it is sure to be a time of fun, exploration, and learning.