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.
The museum itself was a treat. Great views from numerous vantage points and outside exhibits. The various modern art collection was nifty as well. The only disappointment was the stinking Le Georges restaurant. Overpriced for what you get. Fresh food, small portions, prepared super fast. Ironic this place is at the Pompidou because that's all I got, pompous assed serviced that had the gall to point out the price doesn't include tip. Tip is for above and beyond service, it's for deserving service of which this did not deliver. Save your money for the entrance fee to the museum, at least the modern art is more deserving.
Modern art (not really my thing). The place is well layed out and you can go in for free if you're 18 years old or younger (you have to show your ID). It's worth going in just for the rooftop view over Paris. Beautiful.
Amazing David Hockney retrospective at the time. I was less impressed with the crowd management at busy times; 15 minutes queue for security checks (fine) followed by another 15 minutes queue to get tickets (OK), then another 10 minutes queue to show your tickets (really?) and finally another 30 minutes queue to see the exhibition (by that time the will to live had almost escaped me). Moral of the story; avoid busy times if possible and buy online tickets.
The first Sunday of every month many of Paris's museums are free entry. This is a great thing but it does mean you have to contend with queues and crowds. It didn't matter so much here though as the exhibition space is so large.
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.