Pompidou Centre Paris - fascinating building and art collectionParis City Breaks and Holidays
Today the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, is one of the world’s most famous pieces of modern architecture. It opened in 1977 and the building appears to be inside-out with brightly coloured pipes and ducts, the lifts and escalators and basic supporting structure are all on the outside. The great benefit of this is that it leaves the inside completely open, flexible and uncluttered.

The Centre Pompidou remains one of the city’s most exciting buildings and a top 3 visitor attraction, well worth seeing when on your Paris city break or holiday.

Le Luxe II by Henri MatisseThe Centre Pompidou is not just home to the Musée National d’Art Moderne but you will also find a cinema, library, an excellent art bookshop and performing arts space. The outside piazza is a popular gathering spot for tourists, locals and street performers and is surrounded by some good, albeit quite expensive Cafés.

The Museum of Modern Art is on levels 4 and 5, with frequent special exhibits and rehangs there is an ever changing display of modern and contemporary art ranging from Picasso and Matisse to the latest trends in installation and video. By purchasing the Paris Pass in advance you can save time and money.

No visit to the Centre Pompidou is complete without taking the escalator in its snake-like glass tube up the side of the building to the roof-top terrace, which provides fabulous views of The Eiffel Tower, Montmarte and Sacré-Coeur and the Tour Montparnasse.

Disabled Access is good, once you find the accessible entrance is at the rear where staff come and go.

There are some good hotels in the area between Centre Pompidou and The Louvre, for more information read the amoretravel guide to Paris hotels.

Best hotels in Paris for a city breakAddress:

Piazza Georges Pompidou, 75004

Opening times:

Wed-Mon, 12 noon-9pm

Museum Admission:

Adult €10-€13