Place Georges Pompidou

Phone: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33

Centre Pompidou

The Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou was the brainchild of President Georges Pompidou who wanted to create an original cultural institution in the heart of Paris completely focused on modern and contemporary creation, where the visual arts would rub shoulders with theatre, music, cinema, literature and the spoken word.

Housed in the centre of Paris in a building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, whose architecture symbolises the spirit of the 20th century, the Centre Pompidou first opened its doors to the public in 1977. After renovation work from 1997 to December 1999, it opened to the public again on 1 January 2000, with expanded museum space and enhanced reception areas. Since then it has once again become one of the most visited attractions in France. Some 6 million people pass through the Centre Pompidou's doors each year, a total of over 190 million visitors in its 30 years.

In a unique location under one roof, the Centre Pompidou houses one of the most important museums in the world, featuring the leading collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, a vast public reference library with facilities for over 2,000 readers, general documentation on 20th century art, a cinema and performance halls, a music research institute, educational activity areas, bookshops, a restaurant and a café.

Unswerving in its interdisciplinary vocation and its core mission - to spread knowledge about all creative works from the 20th century and those heralding the new millennium - each year the Centre Pompidou holds thirty or so public exhibitions plus international events - cinema and documentary screenin... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (1)

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Permanent Collection

The collection houses 58,123 works by 5, 273 artists, including painting, sculpture, graphic art, architecture, design, photography, film and new media.

Some collection highlights inlude Jean Miro, Vassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Bruce Nauman, Jean Dubuffet, Francis Alys, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Andy Warhol, Constantin Brancusi, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso
See for full online collection.


Les Peintres de la Vie Moderne
27 September 2006 – 12 March 2007

BD Reporters
20 December 2006 – 23 April 2007

Le Nuage Magellan
10 January 2007 – 9 April 2007

Forthcoming exhibitions

Samuel Beckett
14 March 2007 – 26 June 2007

Ateliers, l’artiste et ses lieux dans les collections de la Bibliothèque Kandinsky
4 April 2007 – 28 May 2007

Pierre Klossowski
4 April 2007 – 4 June 2007

Airs de Paris
This thematic exhibition brings together art, design and architecture to explore contemporary city life and its evolution.
26 April 2007 – 16 August 2007

Détours d’Objets
The work of designer Claude Courtecuisse, whose juxtaposition of disparate items has earned him the name poet of objects. This exhibition is located in the Children’s Gallery.
23 May 2007 – 2 July 2007

Erice – Kiarostami Correspondances
19 September 2007 – 7 January 2008


A Museum and Exhibition Ticket gives access to all the exhibitions, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Galerie du Musée, the Galerie d’Art Graphique, Espace 315, the Children’s Gallery and the Panoramic view from the sixth floor.

Full Price 10 euros
Concessions 8 euros
Free to under 18s, disabled visitors and jobseekers.
The Centre Pompidou’s permanent collection is free to all public on the first Sunday of the month.

Museum, exhibition, and performance tickets can be purchased online and printed at home prior to visiting the Centre Pompidou.

The Atelier Brancusi is free to the public daily

Dance, Theatre or Concert Tickets
Full price 14 / 10 euros
Concessions 10 / 6 euros

Cinema Tickets
Full price 5.50 euros
Concessions 3.50 euros

Childrens’ Screen Tickets
Full Price 3 euros
Concessions 2 euros

Ircam Concerts
Full Price 18 / 14 / 9.50 euros
Concessions 9.5O euros

Opening hours

Open Daily from 11 am to 10 pm, except Tuesdays and May 1


The Pompidou Centre offers several activities for blind and visually impaired individual visitors and groups:

Tactile visits and oral tours of the Museum
Oral Tours of the Exhibitions
Visit / Workshops to discover the museum

Blind people are used to using powers of mental reconstruction to perceive the world. They draw on memory, reason, knowledge, experience and imagination. These are the same faculties used to understand the artistic process.
Modern Art is a unique place in which handicap is displaced, and can allow for greater perception and understanding of an art work.

Our activities let visitors discover by touch:
Bronze, marble and granite sculptures (Henri Matisse, Jean Arp)
Contemporary works in mixed media: resin, tar, rope, tile, fabric (Jean Dubuffet)

The Pompidou Centre also offers Oral tours, singular in the sense that they provided a detailed and emotive desciption of works for the visually impaired, and that they encourage visitor participation and discussion.

The Museum Library is equipped with lighting, Braille printers and scanners, and audio system. It has an extensive audio collection of music, spoken word and audio books. Phone 01 44 78 43 75

Museum Boutiques

The museum has several bookshops and a design boutique, open to the public. You will find books, postcards and multimedia products relating to the centre, as well as a large selection of publications of art and design related topics.

The centre has three bookshops. The main one is situated in the Forum, the smaller ones provide material relating to temporary exhibitions, and can be found on the sixth floor and by the Museum entrance.


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All groups by appointment and confirmation only.
Please visit for more information on group visits.

Please phone +33 (0)1 44 78 12 57, monday to friday, from 9.30 am to 1 pm.
Fax bookings from abroad can be sent to +33 (0)1 44 78 16 73


The Centre Pompidou « Laissez Passer » offers free and unlimited access to the museum collection and exhibitions, priority access to the centre, reductions on tickets for shows, concerts, films, festivals and guided tours, discounts at the boutiques, and advance information on forthcoming events and exhibitions.
A twelve month Laissez-passer costs 44 euros, and 70 euros for two years. Various discounts are available for students, senior citizens, teachers and artists.

Please phone +33 (0)1 44 78 14 63 for more information on the Laissez passer, or visit the Centre Pompidou website.

Venue hire

Private parties can book the sixth floor on Tuesday evenings between 8pm and 11.30pm for a cocktail reception and private viewing of the collection and exhibitions. (capacity 250-900 guests)
The basement can be booked for private parties of 1000-2800 guests, for buffets, presentations, and a private viewing of the museum collection.
The first floor can be booked on Mondays and Wednesdays for parties of up to 250 guests. A champagne reception, tour of the collection and cocktail party are offered.
Please contact the Centre Pompidou for price details.