Opened in 1977 as a multi-cultural space, the Pompidou Centre houses Paris’s Museum of Modern Art, considered one of Europe’s finest; plus a cinema, public library and performance space. But the building alone is worth a visit. Designed by acclaimed architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, it looks like a game of Architectural Twister—wearing its interior-functioning pipes on its exterior, color-coded by function in bright primaries. Highlights: the whimsically animated Stravinsky Fountain; and the courtyard, popular for people-watching.
One of Paris' great museums! Plan to spend some time. There's a lot to see. You may not like what's on display, but there's no accounting for taste. The views over the city from the top are the best. Much better than the nosebleed views from the Eiffel Tower. And there's a restaurant outside up there, good for taking a break. Even in popular exhibitions, there's plenty of room to move around.
My favorite museum in all of Paris, & my favorite modern art museum (although the MET may be tied) It is a Modern Museum in an incredibly unique building. I would suggest taking the escalators straight to the top floor, & taking in the sites - you can see all of Paris from here, even the hill of Montmartre. Quite beautiful. This floor dedicated to revolving exhibits, which is always quite an interesting experience to take in. There is a restaurant on the top floor, where if you eat there, you can go out on their terrace & enjoy the view (if you're not dining, you cannot go on their terrace). Go one floor down & explore the incredible collection they have of modern artist from the past. They allow you to take photos of the art on this floor, (no flash) so document your favorites! There is also a great balcony to the right, when you first arrive on this floor, where you can go out & take some incredible photos without the glass in the way. The restaurant terrace previously mentioned would be directly above you, so prime spot for photos! Then go down one floor below, & explore their collection of the current modern art of our time. All in all, this is a wonderful museum that I would highly suggest any lover of more modern art to visit.
This is the best museum of modern and contemporary art that you are going to find in the world. With countless gallery rooms, and multiple floors of exhibits, you can easily lose 4 hours of your day wondering these halls. Highly recommended.
Wonderful art collection — I only wish there were more! Great view of the city if you're willing to go outside. Sometimes a long security line and sometimes not. Good public bathrooms and library.
A must-visit museum if you're traveling to Paris! The building itself is quite impressive, and the art installations are incredibly unique and interesting. As with most of the bigger museums in Paris, you need to plan your visit because it will be very busy and there will be a line to get in. However, it's well worth it!