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The Centre Pompidou

France
By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Discover The Centre Pompidou

Built by the architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano on the initiative of President Pompidou, the Centre Pompidou has always seen itself as a temple of the contemporary period, a place where the arts and culture are accessible to all. It is home to the Musée National d'Art Moderne (National Museum of Modern Art) and the Institut de Recherche Acoustique et Musicale (Institute of Acoustic and Musical Research, IRCAM). It also includes a free library, many exhibition rooms, shops, restaurants, and a cinema.

Le Centre Pompidou 75191 Paris cedex 04
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 44 78 12 33
Email: tourisme@cnac-qp.fr
Website: www.centrepompidou.fr
Open every day except on Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
Museum and exhibitions: every day except on Tuesdays from 11:00am to 9:00pm, tills close at 8:00pm, rooms close at 8:50pm.
Atelier Brancusi (Brancusi's workshop): every day except on Tuesdays from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
Prices: from ?5.50 to ?10

The Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou , A view over Paris from the upper floors , France
A view over Paris from the upper floors

To reach the upper floors of the Pompidou Centre, you can take the external escalators that rise diagonally up the outside of the building.

© Rozenbaum & Cirou - age fotostock
The Centre Pompidou , Artwork exhibited outside the Pompidou Centre , France
Artwork exhibited outside the Pompidou Centre

Works by Niki de Saint-Phalle and Jean Tinguely are exhibited in the Stravinski Fountain.

© Von Aulock M / age fotostock
The Centre Pompidou , That 'oil refinery' look , France
That 'oil refinery' look

One of the main characteristics of the Pompidou Centre is the colourful pipework displayed on the outside of the building.

© M. et M. Valledor / age fotostock
The Centre Pompidou , Modern architecture for a mythical city , France
Modern architecture for a mythical city

When it was built, the extremely modern appearance of the Pompidou Centre aroused fierce passions.

© Renaud Visage - age fotostock
The Centre Pompidou , The façade of the Pompidou Centre , France
The façade of the Pompidou Centre

Many artists perform on the square in front of the Pompidou Centre.

© Umberto Fabbri - age fotostock