As Europe's largest modern art gallery, visitors can enjoy over 50,000 works of art and masterpieces by Picasso, Duchamp, Ernst and Miró

As the largest and most important museum of modern art in Europe, and one of the most renowned in the world, Centre Pompidou is a must-see attraction when you’re visiting Paris. Featuring the late 19th-20th century art, explore its collections and galleries featuring over 50,000 works, including movements from Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

The building itself is also a feat of architectural masterpiece as it features all of its internal facilities – air conditioning, elevators and pipework – on its façade!


  • 50,000 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, drawings and photography
  • Masterpieces by Picasso, Duchamp, Ernst and Miró among many others
  • Photography exhibition displaying works by Man Ray and Doisneau
  • 5,000 artists’ works in total
  • Impressive views over Paris from the upper floor restaurant

Did you know:

  • A competition to design the building was set to the Parisian public and 650 entries were received
  • Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the architects who designed the building in the 1970s, were basically unknown before the success of the Centre Pompidou
  • Many French people didn’t (and still don’t) like the appearance of the building and compare it to a boiler house or an oil refinery
  • Although the Centre Pompidou is an art gallery, its two libraries span over three floors
  • The visitor numbers have multiplied by 5 from what the building was originally meant to accommodate; from 5,000 to 25,000 per day

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There are many rooms that sprawl over the six floors in the Centre Pompidou where you can explore all the modern art movements from Dadaism, Fauvism, Cubism and Expressionism. Perfect for art lovers with more unconventional tastes, the collections are made up of interactive videos and visuals, to prints and murals.

Stravinsky Fountain

Between Centre Pompidou and the Church of Saint-Merri sits the Stravinsky Fountain, a whimsical brightly coloured fountain depicting sixteen works of sculpture, incorporating free running water that represents The Rite of Spring by the composer Igor Stravinsky. Created by sculptors Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle in 1983 it’s one of Paris’ most iconic fountains (if not slightly bizarre) but true to its modern art influences fits perfectly in its location.


The library in Centre Pompidou actually has two libraries; first the Public Information Library, accessible to the public, and free of charge; and second, the Kandinsky library, which focuses on the research and documentation relating to modern art. They’re both a wonderful resource for anyone wanting to indulge in a bit of research or just to have a look around the vast collections of information.

How to get there:

- Rambuteau (metro 11), Hôtel de Ville (Line 1 or 11), Châtelet (Line 1, 4, 7, 11, 14) 

Make the most of your Paris Pass:

- Save €13 and get free entry into Centre Pompidou with The Paris Pass
- The Paris Pass also grants you Fast Track Entry, which allows you to skip the lines during the busy months

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It was my second time using a Paris Pass, I would do so again with no hesitation. I recommend the Paris Pass, London Pass etc. to all my friends who are traveling to such places. I have used the Paris Pass twice and the London Pass once. They work great, save me time and money, but more importantly time.
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Monday 11.00 - 22.00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11.00 - 22.00
Thursday 11.00 - 22.00
Friday 11.00 - 22.00
Saturday 11.00 - 22.00
Sunday 11.00 - 22.00
Last Admission: 21.00

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The Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris


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