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
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
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
Works by Niki de Saint-Phalle and Jean Tinguely are exhibited in the Stravinski Fountain.© Von Aulock M / age fotostock
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
When it was built, the extremely modern appearance of the Pompidou Centre aroused fierce passions.© Renaud Visage - age fotostock
Many artists perform on the square in front of the Pompidou Centre.© Umberto Fabbri - age fotostock