Centre Pompidou

When it comes to modern art, Centre Pompidou is the museum to visit. You would be amazed how wonderful their collection on contemporary art is. Starting with its very modernly designed building, you can immediately tell what type of art to expect.

Aside from the art collections inside Centre Pompidou, you’d also find cinemas and concerts there. There are also several children’s activities at the Centre Pompidou.

Centre Pompidou Architecture

Again, you will be entertained by the funky and quite hip structure that the Centre Pompidou has. The whole building is divided into five floors all in all so you will have plenty to see while touring the whole museum.

On the first floor you will find the cinema which usually hosts festivals. Because of this there would be various different themes almost every so often. But the cinema is mostly there to celebrate the 7th art.

Temporary exhibits are on the third to the fifth floors. The fifth floor is known as the Grande Galerie while the Museum for Modern Art is on the third and the fourth floors. What you will see there are mostly works of art from the years 1905 to the present.

You will also see the public library on the third level. So, you will also find a vast collection of books, microfilms and videos there.

But after touring Centre Pompidou, you should also try looking at the view offered by the location. If you ride the escalators inside Centre Pompidou, you will see the skyline of Paris. Among the structures and buildings you will see are St. Eustache, Notre Dame, and Sacre Coeur. You will also catch a glimpse of the Pantheon, the Tour St. Jacques, the Eiffel Tower and La Defense.

When you reach the top, you will get to see the chateau-style chimneys of the Hotel de Ville. You will also see the flowerpots all over the lower rooftops of the hotel as well.

Other Attractions at the Centre Pompidou

Right outside the Centre Pompidou, you will see a lot of attractions. You will be entertained by the street performers and the jugglers. There are also some fire eaters and musicians.

You should not miss catching a glimpse of the colorful sculptures and fountains of Tinguely and Nicky de St. Phalle right in the pool that is just in front of Eglise St. Merri.

Centre Pompidou is open everyday except on Tuesdays and on May 1st. It is open from 11am to 12pm. If you want to drop by the library, it’s also open from 11am to 10 pm.