Guide to Pompidou Center in Paris: Tickets & Exhibitions

Ezgi P aktualisiert am July 28, 2021
Centre Pompidou in Paris in France

The National Center of Art and Culture Georges-Pompidou (CNAC), commonly known as "Centre Pompidou", is an establishment desired by the ex-president of France Georges Pompidou, a passionate of modern art.

He wanted to create an original cultural institution entirely dedicated to modern and contemporary creation.

Located in the popular Le Marais Quarter of Paris, the Pompidou Center is a cultural institution attracting attention with its unique architecture. In fact, close to 4 millions visitors enter the center every year!

Let's find out all the useful information about the Pompidou Center with our guide below.

What can I do at Centre Pompidou?

There is no doubt that Paris is the paradise for art enthusiasts. Hundreds of people begin the art tour with the Louvre Museum and maybe continue with the Orsay Museum.

We recommend to put the Pompidou Center in the third position as it is one of the world's most important museum in modern art.

Indeed, it is possible to see the second biggest collection of modern art of the world (after New York) and very important pieces of art history in chronological order.

In addition to the modern art museum, it includes two movie theaters, a performance area, an amphitheater and a library.

Kandinsky Library

The collection of the library offers a big archive for the researchers especially of the 20th and 21th centuries.

Place Georges Pompidou

It is a very lively area in front of the museum with various street performers, street artists, skateboarders, temporary miniature carnivals and other cultural attractions.

The Pompidou Art Center in Paris in France

The Design of the Building

The exterior design of the building attracts attention especially with the effective use of four colors on the pipes.

Blue color is used for air circulation, yellow for electricity, green for water circulation, and red for escalators and elevators.

Steel elements are used throughout the building. Spreading over an area of more than 100,000 m2, the building has 10 floors.

The Museum

The National Museum of Modern Art on the fourth and fifth floors contains 50 000 works of art and around 2000 of them on exhibition for the visitors.

The museum combines modern collections (from 1905-1965) and contemporary collections (from the 60's) introducing visitors the movements of art from modern times to present day.

Entrance, Tickets and Tours to Pompidou Center

  • Tickets : Save time with the Pompidou Center Skip the Lines Ticket and get a priority access to permanent collection + to Matisse exhibit. Enjoy the spectacular rooftop view of Paris. 

It is possible to get a specific Centre Pompidou Rooftop Ticket for only to see the Paris view from the top floor without visiting the museum. From there you can see Sacré-Coeur basilica, Eiffel Tower and many other monuments.

  • To save time, money and avoid hassle, you can prepare your trip by buying all the online tickets you need in advance in our official Paris Tickets Shop.
Louvre E-Ticket with Audioguide
Musée d’Orsay Entrance Ticket with Audioguide

How to get to the Centre Pompidou?

Centre Pompidou is located in Beaubourg district, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

  • Metro : The closest metro station is "Rambuteau" on the line 11
    It is also possible to get off at "Châtelet" station with the lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 12 and 14
  • RER : Chatelet - Les Halles station on the RER-A, RER-B and RER-D is only about 5 to 10 minute by walk.
  • BUS : 29, 38, 47 and 75

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What do the colors signify in Pompidou Center building ?

The exterior design of the building attracts attention especially with the effective use of four colors on the pipes.

Blue color is used for air circulation, yellow for electricity, green for water circulation, and red for escalators and elevators.

How did the Pompidou Center get its name?

"Centre Pompidou" is an establishment desired by the ex-president of France Georges Pompidou, a passionate of modern art.

What is the Pompidou Center used for?

Pompidou Center is an iconic building in Paris, built as a modern art museum and centre for the visual arts of the 20th century. 

How can ı get ticket to Pompidou Center?

Save time with the Pompidou Center Skip the Lines Ticket and get a priority access to permanent collection + to Matisse exhibit. Enjoy the spectacular rooftop view of Paris. 

History of Pompidou Center

It is one of the largest collection of modern and contemporary art with more than 100 000 works of art dating from the beginning of 20th century until today.

The building named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France between 1969 and 1974, was initiated by himself, a modern art lover who wanted to create an important collection of important pieces for the French people and visitors to enjoy.

During the establishment phase of the building, a competition was held to determine the design.

The construction began in April 1972 by the architects Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini. It was completed in 1977 and has been one of the iconic buildings of Paris and modern architecture over the years.

Centre Pompidou is visited by 3.5 - 3.8 million people on average annualy.

Contact & Map

  • Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France 
  • Opening Hours: centrepompidou.fr
  • Public Transport: 
  • Metro: "Rambuteau" on the line 11
    or "Châtelet" on the lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 12 and 14
  • RER: Chatelet - Les Halles station on the RER-A, RER-B and RER-D
  • BUS: 29, 38, 47 and 75
  • Website: centrepompidou.fr

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