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The Centre Pompidou in Paris
The Centre Pompidou in Paris

How to visit the Centre Pompidou in Paris

Mahfouz Ali

How to visit the Centre Pompidou in Paris: opening hours, ticket prices…

Get a ticket to the Centre Pompidou, dedicated to modern and contemporary art. A true must-see on a trip to Paris.

The Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou – better known simply as “Centre Pompidou” or “Beaubourg” – opened more than forty years ago, on January 31, 1977, and is located between the Marais and the Halles neighborhoods, in the very heart of Paris.

It houses one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Europe, while its public library and its performance halls are full of life and make the center a buzzing hub of art and culture. If you’re planning a trip to Paris, don’t forget to put the Centre Pompidou in your list of places to visit: it is really not to be missed.

An astonishing collection of artworks

The museum takes its name from the former President of France Georges Pompidou (1911-1974), and is visited by millions of people each year: 3.3 million people visited it in 2016. This cultural center is considered by its admirers one of the architectural wonders of the 20th century. Indeed the building is recognizable from a distance, thanks to its peculiar style with colorful red pipes.

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The Centre Pompidou - Paris
The Centre Pompidou - Paris : Flicker

The cultural center can be quite proud of the works it holds: by visiting the Centre Pompidou you will access the third largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, only surpassed by the “Museum of Modern Art” in New York and the “Tate Modern” in London. The “Beaubourg” museum hosts more than 100,000 artworks by 6400 artists from the whole world; it houses both temporary and permanent exhibitions, performance venues, a movie theater and the greatest public library in Europe.

With a ticket to the Centre Pompidou, a whole world of modern and contemporary art opens before you: design, literature, plastic arts, music, seventh art... something for everyone!

During the tour you will be guided by audio commentary, texts, and by the words of the artists themselves, exploring in chronological order the history of the art of the last two centuries. The public can enjoy paintings, sculptures, drawings, art installations, photographs, pieces of furniture, and the masterpieces of the greatest contemporary and modern artists: Vassily Kandinsky, Pierre Soulages, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp or even Jackson Pollock.

Center Pompidou interior
Center Pompidou interior : Flicker

How much does a visit to the modern and contemporary museum cost ?

“Museum and exhibition” ticket :
Full price ticket: 14 €
Reduced price ticket: 11 €

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“Show and concert” ticket :
Full price ticket: from 10 € to 18 €
Reduced price ticket: from 10 € to 14 €

“View of Paris ticket”: 5 €

In order to avoid lines at the entrance of the Centre Pompidou, it’s better to book your ticket online, so that you can enter without having to wait.

Entry is free for children and teenagers under the age of 18, and for everyone on the first Sunday of each month. Please note that the Centre Pompidou is included in the Paris Museum Pass, along with 60 other museums and monuments located in Paris and in the Ile-de-France.

Any other practical information about the Pompidou museum?

The Centre Pompidou is open every day of the year from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on Tuesdays and on the 1st of May.

The Atelier Brancusi is open every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., except on Tuesdays and on the 1st of May. Lastly, the Public Information Library is open: from Monday to Friday, from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.; on Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; closed on Tuesdays and on the 1st of May.

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Check the opening hours before your visit to the museum, they may vary over different time periods. Your entry ticket to this modern art center in Paris is annual, thus it is valid until December 31 of the year in which you buy it.

PLEASE NOTE: the visiting spaces close the doors at 9 p.m.

On the sixth floor, visitors holding a “View of Paris ticket” can enjoy a panoramic view over the rooftops of the capital and the famous hill of Montmartre.

How to reach the Centre Pompidou?

The Centre Pompidou is located in Place Georges-Pompidou. See the directions with Google Maps.

⇒ Subway: Rambuteau station (line 11), Hôtel de Ville station (lines 1 and 11), Châtelet station (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14)
⇒ RER: Châtelet Les Halles (lines A, B, D)
⇒ Bus : 29, 38, 47, 75

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