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Paris: The Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

1. Paris: The Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

Explore The Centre Pompidou with this skip-the-line ticket. Discover the library, music, acoustics research center, and museum housed in this unusual cultural institution. Choose from a tour with or without access to a temporary exhibit. Take in views of Paris from the rooftop terrace. Uncover modern and contemporary creations, including plastic arts, books, design, music, and cinema. Wander through over 100,000 works with collections that make up one of the world's leading references for the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Stroll thorugh great historical collections to the most recent acquisitions which cover visual arts, drawing, photography, new media, experimental film, architecture, design, and industrial prospects.  Find key works or rediscover iconic artists (like Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Sonia et Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Vassily Kandinsky, František Kupka, André Breton, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet). Find out about the founding movements of modern art like Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Lyric Abstraction, and Geometric Abstraction. Retrace the high points in the development of modernity and shine a light on exchanges, cross-overs, and the go-betweens who helped to form 20th century art. Contemplate contemporary collections devoted to works that have recently entered the museum through the generosity of patrons, artists, and donors. 

Paris: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

2. Paris: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

Unlock Paris with an all-inclusive sightseeing package. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 80 top Paris attractions, a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay and make reservations in advance, where needed. Get access to top attractions like: Eiffel Tower guided tour (2nd floor) (R) Parc Asterix theme park ticket Musée du Louvre (R) Musée d'Orsay (R) Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art Espace Dali Big Bus – 1-day Hop-on Hop-off tour Bateaux Parisiens river cruise Wine tasting - Les Caves du Louvre (R) Tour Montparnasse Arc du Triomphe Picasso Museum Musée Grevin wax museum Châteaux de Versailles (R) Flyview Package Paris Liberty Aquarium de Paris (R) Tours: Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais walking tour (R) Walking tour along the Seine (R) Walking tour in the Parisian Covered Passages (R) Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise walking tour (R) Stade de France tour Guided Heritage Tour of Galeries Lafayette (R) Montmartre & Sacré Coeur walking tour (R) Experiences: Ballon de Paris Generali Petit Train de Montmartre Rex Studio Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story Musée des Égouts de Paris Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette BAPBAP brewery taproom experience beer tasting and gifts Perfume mini-workshop by Fragonard (R) Champagne Gourmand in Montmatre French Apéro in Saint-Germain des Prés Parisian Breakfast at Café Louise Historic buildings: Panthéon Conciergerie (R) Chapelle expiatoire Château de Rambouillet Château de Vincennes Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne Château de Pierrefonds Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André Sainte Chapelle (R) Château de Maisons-Laffitte Château de Fontainebleau Museums: Musée Rodin Musée National de l'Orangerie (R) Musée national des Arts asiatiques Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau (R) La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma (R) Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois (R) Musée de la Musique - La Villette (R) Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe Musée des Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et Métiers Musée des Plans-reliefs Musee du quai Branly Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen (R) reservations required Keep your Paris Pass on your mobile device by downloading it with the digital guide. Have it handy with you in your pocket. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and, as such, must be collected from a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included in the digital guide.

Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

3. Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

Enjoy skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around the city of Paris including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou with the Paris Museum Pass. Choose from 2, 4, or 6-day options with the pickup point conveniently located a mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Benefits of the pass include free admission to many attractions, sights, and museums. In Paris: Musée de l’Armée Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Centre Pompidou Musée national d’Art modern Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet Les Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et métiers Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris Musée du quai Branly Musée Picasso Paris Chapelle expiatoire La Cinémathèque française Musée du Cinéma Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Conciergerie Musée national Eugène Delacroix Musée des Égouts de Paris Musée du Louvre - Musée national de la Marine Musée de la Monnaie Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Musée national des Monuments français Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique Crypte archéologique de Notre-Dame Tours de Notre-Dame Musée national de l’Orangerie Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération Musée d’Orsay Panthéon Musée des Plans-reliefs Musée de la Poste Musée Rodin Sainte-Chapelle Outside Paris: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Musée d’Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres Abbaye royale de Chaalis Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly Musée départemental Maurice Denis Château de Fontainebleau Château de Maisons-Laffitte Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Château de Pierrefonds Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs Château de Rambouillet Musée national de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen Maison d’Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Villa Savoye Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon Château de Vincennes

Paris: Centre Pompidou Entry with Audio Guide & River Cruise

4. Paris: Centre Pompidou Entry with Audio Guide & River Cruise

Get skip-the-line access to the Centre Pompidou and discover a true temple of Modern Art. Top this off with a cruise along the River Seine, and you’re in for a day of authentic Parisian culture. Choose your ideal time to begin both activities. In addition to the temporary exhibitions, you’ll also see a first-class permanent collection with works by Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Duchamp or Miró. Wander the gallery at your own pace and use your digital audio guide to learn more about each piece and about the Centre Pompidou itself. Afterwards, embark on a peaceful cruise along the most beautiful avenue of the capital: the River Seine. See sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and relax to the rhythm of the gentle waves.

Paris: City Tour with Louvre Tickets & Cider with a Crepe

5. Paris: City Tour with Louvre Tickets & Cider with a Crepe

Follow your guide to uncover the hidden parts of Paris that only the locals know on this walking tour. See city highlights like ‘Ile de la Cité’ island, Pompidou Center, and the Tuileries Gardens. Make the most of your time by skipping the line at the popular Louvre Museum.  Feel like a local as you stroll through picturesque neighborhoods like the beautiful Seine island of ‘Ile de la Cité.' Stop at Notre Dame to experience this jewel of French medieval architecture for yourself. Head to the Church of Sainte Chapelle to admire the stunning stained glass work. Take in the bohemian atmosphere as you cross the romantic Seine river. Get a taste of modern architecture at Pompidou Centre. Eat like a local at a creperie restaurant as you savor an authentic Parisian crêpe paired with cider. View the playful figures in the Stravinsky fountain as you eat. Walk through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the glamorous Garnier Opera House. Find out where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. No trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Louvre Museum. Avoid wasting time in line at this popular attraction with your direct access tickets. Uncover facinating information about the artwork with an audio guide.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

6. Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

Spend some time exploring the scenic views of Le Marais, Paris, as your guide tells you the history of the area on this walking tour. Admire the district which was once the Jewish Quarter, and visit the Stravinsky Fountain, the Centre Pompidou, the Street of Rosebushes, and more. Begin at the Stravinksy Fountain (currently under renovation until 2023), with abstract and outlandish sculptures that move and spray water. Marvel at the colorful display and capture photos of the whimsical fountain. Next, explore the Centre Pompidou, the street Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, and the Cloister of Billettes. Your guide will teach you the history and tell you about the LGBTQ+ community of the area. Spend some time learning about the Church of Our Lady of the White Friars, built-in 1258 by Saint Louis. Walk to the Impasse des Crossbowmen, the Street of Rosebushes, the Library of the City of Paris, The Place des Vosges, and more.  Your tour will end at Le Village Saint-Paul, a treasure trove of antiques, art galleries, and artisan boutiques. Leave your guide here to admire the area and stroll through the shops and attractions nearby.

Paris: Pompidou Centre Private Guided Tour

7. Paris: Pompidou Centre Private Guided Tour

Discover a treasure chest of modern and contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and experience the city’s 3rd most important gallery after the Louvre and Orsay Museum. Start with an explanation of the building, itself a piece of avant garde art. Then, skip the long lines, and follow your guide through the chronological and thematically arranged complex. Marvel at art from the early 20th century to the present day, learning about abstract art and how to place it in its proper context to appreciate it more. Principal art pieces included on the tour are “Il Ritorno di Ulisse” (“Ulysses’ Return”) by Chirico, “La Ville No. 2” by the Orphism artist Robert Delaunay, and “Rose Sélavy” by Duchamp. Admire Otto Dix’s challenging “Portrait of a Journalist Sylvia von Harden,” and Max Ernst’s collage “Ubu Imperateur.” Your guide will explain the meanings of Picasso’s “Femme nue Couchée,” and the abstract expressionist art of Jackson Pollock. Marvel at Klein’s “Grande Anthropagie Bleue,” and Tingerly’s “Requiem for a Dead Leaf.” Other highlights covered are Warhol’s “Big Electric Chair,” and the “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevitch.

Le Marais: Explore Old Paris with a Local Host

8. Le Marais: Explore Old Paris with a Local Host

Join a like-minded local to discover Le Marais, the historic quarter in the very heart of Paris that’s known for its old-world charm and historic credentials. Get to know Old Paris while visiting famous historic attractions like the Bastille.  You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Stop by Jewish bakeries to indulge in some sweet treats or visit The Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris’s oldest market and savor your street food on a bench where you can watch the world go by. Discover Le Marais’ colorful history, from royal residents to battles during the revolution, Le Marais has seen it all. Browse the charming boutiques and small galleries that the area is home to, or visit iconic sites like the Pompidou Centre before you relax with a coffee or glass of wine at a local café.  

Paris: Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais for Families

9. Paris: Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais for Families

Le Marais retains plenty of old world charm with its narrow, winding streets, hidden courtyards and beautiful medieval and Renaissance mansions. Dynamic and modern, yet steeped in history and overflowing with charm, the Marais is the perfect place to explore as a family, accompanied by a passionate local guide See the the Hotel de Sens, a magnificent palace built in 1500 - children will love searching for the cannonball still lodged in the wall. You’ll see the magnificent Place des Vosges, one of the most beautiful squares in the city and a favorite picnic spot in summer. Hear stories of kings jousting and see if you can tell the difference between the real and fake facades. Discover cool boutiques on the rue des Francs Bourgeois and stroll by the café terraces, perfect for sitting and watching the world go by. You’ll visit the traditional Jewish quarter, where you can taste the best falafel in the city. Then check out some of the newest and best pastry shops in the city.  Along the way, younger visitors can keep their eyes open for all kinds of street art, from painted murals to decorated street signs. Walk past the iconic Centre Pompidou, so scandalous when it was first built, now loved by locals and visitors alike. See the fairytale architecture of Paris’ City Hall, and end your tour with a stroll by the riverside. Specially designed materials for children will be provided to ensure that younger members of the family are able to participate every step of the way. Your guide will be fully licensed and specialized in leading tours for all ages.

Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

10. Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

Start your tour of the Marais by learning about its historic importance. This district once lay beyond the center of Paris. Today, it is at the heart of the city. Discover the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Louis before walking through the courtyard of the majestic Hotel de Sully. Continue experiencing the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. Afterwards, move forward in time to learn all about the bustling Jewish community that put the Marais on the map through the 18th and 19th centuries. Wander past the bakeries and boutiques of the Pletzl before strolling the shop-laden rue des Francs Bourgeois. All the while discover mansion after mansion, former homes to nobility that once called the Marais home. Some are now museums, like the highly worthwhile Musée Carnavalet. The tour may also introduce you to both the Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, and the Pompidou Center, both architectural masterpieces from very different periods.

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What people are saying about Centre Pompidou

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,418 reviews

We talked to fellow passengers on our river cruise that did the museum by themselves. They found the museum overwhelming and easy to loose their way. With our guide, not only did she know how to navigate the museum, but our easy entry was a time saver. If we wanted to stay longer on our own we could, but we found this to be perfect for us.

This museum pass is a great deal -- not only financially, if you want to go to several museums and attractions that are part of the package, but ALSO because you don't have to wait in long lines and buy tickets at each place. I am really glad I got it, and would do so again! Highly recommend.

Really good experience for a very good deal. We went to 8 museums that were included and saved around $40 with this pass. Pick up of the pass and redeeming the pass at each location was also easy.

Incredible guide! Very knowledgeable and great with young kids. Great experience overall! Worth it !

Totally value for a city like Paris, which has numerous museums & sightseeings!