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Centre Pompidou Tours

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In Paris’ Beaubourg district, Centre Pompidou is a multidisciplinary cultural venue that’s home to the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Visitors come to see famous paintings by legendary artists, such as Henri Matisse and Wassily Kandinsky, and to marvel at the building’s design.
 
The Basics
Designed by architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Gianfranco Franchini, Centre Pompidou is a triumph of postmodern architecture. All of the building’s functional systems—from air conditioning to water supply—are routed across its exterior in multicolored pipes; some compare the structure to an oil refinery. It’s named after former French President Georges Pompidou, who commissioned the building in 1969.
 
Aside from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou is also home to a huge public reading library, a concert hall, and other cultural organizations. Along with an excellent permanent collection of contemporary European art from 1905 to the present day, including a complete reconstruction of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s studio, the center also hosts a regular program of cinema showings and live music, theater, and dance performances. The building is a popular spot on walking tours of the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to Centre Pompidou is by paid ticket.
  • Skip the line with a Paris multi-attraction pass.
  • Arrange a private tour for more in-depth information about the Pompidou and its collection.
  • Entry is free every first Sunday of the month.
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan from the visitor’s cloakroom.
  • Two of the movie screens are fitted with audio induction loops for those using hearing aids.
 
How to Get There
Centre Pompidou is in the Beaubourg, in the 4th arrondissement, near Les Halles shopping mall. The closest metro stops are Hotel de Ville (Lines 1 and 11) and Chatelet (Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14). It is walkable from other attractions in the city center, including Notre Dame Cathedral. There is underground parking on-site.
 
When to Get There
The center is open Wednesday–Monday from 11am–9pm. On Thursday evenings, it stays open until 11pm. Ticket offices shut one hour before closing time. The Atelier Brancusi is open from 2pm–6pm, while the reading library opens from 12pm–10pm on weekdays and 11am–10pm on weekends. All sites are closed Tuesdays. The center is usually busiest from midmorning through midafternoon.
 
Stravinsky Fountain
Designed by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, the Stravinsky Fountain, outside Centre Pompidou’s south side, was meant to represent composer Igor Stravinsky’s works. Its bright colors and whimsical shapes will draw a smile from children and adults alike.
Address: Place George Pompidou, Paris 75004, France
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Modern and Contemporary Art 2-hour Private Tour at Centre Pompidou in Paris City Packages

Modern and Contemporary Art 2-hour Private Tour at Centre Pompidou in Paris

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Explore the world of contemporary and modern art with this 2-hour private tour of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Join an official guide for a visit to this unique museum and avoid long queues with a skip-the-line admission ticket.
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The Pompidou Center Guided Tour: Must-Sees of Modern Art City Packages

The Pompidou Center Guided Tour: Must-Sees of Modern Art

Art in Paris does not stop at the Mona Lisa! Take your explorations further and experience art in a different way at the MOMA at the Pompidou Center, with its stunning collection of modern and contemporary art. Daring architecture, astonishing artworks and spectacular views over Paris, a visit to this iconic museum with an expert guide is a must for art lovers, architecture fans and the curious in all of us.
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Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

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Dive into the gastronomic wonders of Paris on this tasting tour of the Marais. Explore the gay-friendly, eclectic district full of medieval architecture and Jewish-influenced eateries, and hear engaging historical commentary along the way. Crunch into a delicious baguette, try a macaron made by an esteemed pastry chef, and sample French liqueurs. Pass by top attractions including the Hôtel de Ville, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Rue des Rosiers, la Place des Vosges, and la Place de la Bastille. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour.
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Skip-the-line Centre Pompidou Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

Skip-the-line Centre Pompidou Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

On this 2 to 2.5 hour semi-private (8 guest maximum) guided museum tour, you will explore Renzo Piano’s colorful yet confusing landmark and the art within. Explore Paris’s best collection of modern and contemporary art while visiting the whimsical Pompidou Center.
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Skip-the-line Centre Pompidou Guided Museum Tour - Private TourCity Packages

Skip-the-line Centre Pompidou Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour

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Go modern in Paris with a private tour of the groundbreaking Centre Pompidou museum—the city’s high-profile home for contemporary art. Learn the backstory of the colorful yet controversial design by Renzo Piano, and step inside its spacious galleries for an insightful look at modern masters, from Picasso and Matisse to Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.
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See 30+ Top Paris Sights with a Fun GuideCity Packages

See 30+ Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

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Leave your map behind and follow me, your English showman, who will take you on exploration of 30+ top Paris’ sights. You will hear about and possibly meet some the legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Included in the tour, we will take in the incredible Eiffel Tower, a lively stroll through old Montmartre where Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso once lived, then upwards to the Sacre-Coeur for the best panoramic view of the City of Light. The show continues down with a view of the Champs élysées and the majestic Arc de Triomphe and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge we will experience a beautiful slice of French culture in the latin quater where you can pick up a snack (not included) from a nearby street market filled with patisseries. After that it's back on the trail. The English have over a 1000 years of experience in annoying the French, so I will be able to give you my personal insight on how to avoid certain embarrassing mis-understandings. Making this a super original experience.
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Paris City Pass: Free admission & public transportCity Packages

Paris City Pass: Free admission & public transport

The Paris City Pass grants you entry to the best Parisian highlights as well as access to the most important activities. Make the most of your time in Paris and let the Pass take care of the practicalities for you. Pick your favorite sights from the huge selection and visit as many as you like. The Paris City Pass is valid for either 2, 3*, 4, 5* or 6 days. * Note for museum visits: The 3-day-pass includes the Paris Museum Pass for the free visit of over 50 museums for 48 h; the 5-day-pass the free visit for 96 h. Please plan your schedule of visits according. Bonus in 4-day-pass: you can use the public transport for free on an additional 5th day. Enjoy free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Paris, including the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, a boat trip along the Seine, and much more. At some of the attractions you'll be able to spend less time queuing, heading straight for the entrance instead.
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Experience the oldest part of Paris with this guided walking tour of Le Marais. Along with a guide and a small group, you'll explore this historic district, passing through old parks and courtyards as your guide regales you with historic tales. You'll also get to spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter, full of kosher shops and restaurants and home to a large Parisian Jewish population to this day.
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Explore the collection at the PompidouCity Packages

Explore the collection at the Pompidou

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Listen to enriching background on the history of modern and contemporary art as you get up close and personal with master artworks during this expert-led private tour of the Pompidou Center. Cover a variety of rich art movements, from Cubism to Conceptualism, as you enjoy a personalized half-day visit through the multi-floor collections. Hotel transfers are available on request.
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15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide Half-day Tours

15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide

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First-time Paris visitors certainly have a long list of sights to see, and chances are, most of them are on the itinerary of this Paris sightseeing tour. Join your guide for a fun walk through the city, where you can see the top landmarks in just a few hours. Highlights include views of the Arc de Triomphe, Pont Neuf bridge, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower, complete with your guide's commentary as you go.
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Private Tour of the Pompidou Center

Embark on a private tour of the Centre Pompidou and delve into a unique world of modern art. You'll explore Europe's largest collection of 20-century art, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Duchamp, and see the various movements it encompasses. Enjoy an opportunity to learn about surrealism and dadaism and gain greater insight into the artistic world of today. A knowledgable guide will accompany you throughout, assuring that you see the museum's masterpieces and experience lesser-known though as equally interesting works.
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Paris Full-Day Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

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Eat, shop, and sightsee like a true Parisian on this full-day tour of the City of Light. Soak up the glamour of Paris’ fashion district and historic shopping arcades, browse the stalls of a local market, and peek inside churches only known by locals. Follow your guide through the bustling neighborhood of Le Marais, passing Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Centre Pompidou. Along the way, taste a host of Parisian delights including macarons, pastries, cheese, wine, and French liquors. This small-group tour is limited to just 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Private TourCity Packages

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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With its winding, cobblestoned lanes and centuries-old mansions, the Marais is the heart of historic Paris. Get up close and personal with the former royal neighborhood during this in-depth guided walking tour, which covers all the top highlights. Get a peek at the Place des Vosges, one of the oldest public squares in Paris, and explore the bustling Jewish quarter, following in the footsteps of Parisian nobility.
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Paris Sightseeing, Marais and Secrets Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Paris Sightseeing, Marais and Secrets Bike Tour

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Explore hidden corners of the French capital in style on this 3-hour Marais bike tour in Paris. Hop onto your bicycle at the Pompidou Centre in central Paris and spin through the pretty streets with a guide. Head through bustling Beaubourg to the stylish Marais district and discover famous local landmarks including the iconic Place des Vosges. Explore St Paul and Île de la Cité — a natural island on the Seine River — and admire fine views over top attractions such as the Louvre Museum.
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Paris Highlights Tour by Bike

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Cruise around Paris on a bike tour to see its major attractions, following the lead of a knowledgeable guide. On a comfortable Dutch bicycle, start near the Arc de Triomphe and ride past famous city sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Centre Pompidou and much more. Along the way, listen to commentary about the city and its history from your guide.
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Kids and Families Marais Private Tour in Paris including Jewish Quarter

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Private orientation tour. Top attractions & hidden gems around your hotelCity Packages

Private orientation tour. Top attractions & hidden gems around your hotel

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Paris Museum Pass and Seine River Cruise Including Delivery to Your Hotel

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Savor the world-class art offerings of Paris while avoiding the long entrance queues with the Paris Museum Pass. Choose from a 2-, 4- or 6-day pass, and enjoy unlimited, skip-the-line entry to more than 60 museums and attractions in Paris and surrounds. Also included is a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the famous Seine River. Get a new perspective on riverside landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame while relaxing aboard a specially designed touring boat.
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Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions

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Gain admission to more than 60 top Paris attractions with the Paris Pass—a flexible sightseeing pass that lets you access the best the French capital has to offer, such as the Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy entrance to Parisian showstoppers like the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou with the 3-, 4-, or 6-day pass. Make the most of a 1-day hop-on hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour, Bateaux Parisiens river cruise, and unlimited public transport with the included travelcard. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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The Beauty of Paris by Bike Private Tour with a Local

What could be more thrilling than flying through the streets of Paris on two wheels? Experience the child-like joy that only comes from biking as you whiz around from Le Marais to Centre Pompidou. Cycling is the locals’ favorite way to get around. So hop on, blend in, and discover Paris. You’ll be surprised by how much more you can see when you explore by bike. Paris is a city of contrasts. With narrow streets, trendy neighborhoods, and must-see historical landmarks. By bike, you can see it all. As well as checking out the unmissable Champs-Elysées and the Louvre, you’ll get off the tourist trail and discover a side to Paris that only the locals see. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. Paris has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you are into its historic architecture or alternative districts, there is a local to suit you.
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