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 the best museums in Paris. It contains an amazing collection of modern art. The building itself is very interesting and you have access to some great views of Paris. We went there on a Friday morning and the place did not feel crowded. The galleries are arranged nicely so you really get to see the art. It is a much better experience than the Louvre.
One of the best museums in Paris for modern contemporary art. While some hate it's architecture I personally like it very much since it leaves more space inside for the actual museum. After visiting other comparable museums in other countries, this is still the one that mixes the best selection of artists and styles in it's "permanent" exhibition. Temporary exhibition are also very often amazing. The view of Paris from the top floor is a must see.
The whole complex is housed in a modern and odd (when compared to most of Paris) building, which is a great setting when you consider this place is a haven for modern and conceptual art. Top three floors are for permanent and temporary exhibitions where you will have the rare chance to see infamous pieces of extraordinary art, like Duchamp's urinary or Pollock's paintings, of course these are the well known examples, so be ready to spend long hours with hundreds of pieces of artworks from a wide variety of disciplines. There's also a boutique to buy Centre Pompidou souvenir as well as some design apparel, even furniture. I haven't checked the restaurant while I am sure it is a good experience but I wouldn't prefer here solely for dining purposes.
Amazingly huge museum of modern art with a wonderful presentation of their collection, informative posters and knowledgeable staff. You could easily spend a day there and I almost did! But I wonder with all the floors they have why only two are open for the public (temporary exhibitions and main gallery). It's a 6 level building altogether! Anyway a lovely large space with as interesting an architecture as it has fine art.
Pompidou Center is one of the coolest, must-see places in Paris. Totally recommended, especially for architects. The building itself is amazing, with a huge permanent collection. And of course, one of the most amazing views of the city from the top.