Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

2. 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 Ticket and Seine River Cruise

3. Paris: Centre Pompidou Ticket and Seine River Cruise

Discover one of the architectural icons of Paris, the Pompidou Centre. Learn of the building's iconic history and admire contemporary works of art from all over the world. Be mesmerized afterward on a sightseeing cruise along the Seine River. Take in the Paris skyline and relax. Enter into the Pompidou Centre, designed by Renzo Piano and Richar Rogers at the beginning of their careers. Learn about how this building became one of the most important structures in Paris and in modern architecture. Admire the design of the building and the incredible pieces of contemporary art from the world's different cultures. Be inspired by the uniqueness of the building and its role in establishing a new type of cultural building. Board a sightseeing cruise afterward and allow yourself to be enchanted by the city of Paris. Float along the Seine River, the most important waterway in France. Watch the city's greatest attractions pass by, take photos, and enjoy after an exciting day.

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: Pompidou Centre Private Guided Tour

5. 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: Walking Tour

6. Le Marais: Walking Tour

Approach this unique quarter of Paris from a new angle, with the help of an expert guide. From its scenic pre 19th Century architecture to its fascinating history and its vibrant and exciting present, get under the very social fabric that ties this area together. Once the site of the first Jewish settlement, the trendy neighborhood is now home to upscale boutiques and a vibrant nightlife. On this tour, you follow different threads of Marais' history and bind them together, to weave an image of a truly exceptional quarter. Stand in a place filled with a rich history by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. Continue on and discover mansion after mansion, former homes to the nobility that once called the Marais home. If you only have a certain amount of time to spend in the city, you should definitely make sure you don't miss this quarter.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

7. 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.

Centre Pompidou: Private Tour

8. Centre Pompidou: Private Tour

Discover more about the exhibitions and gain a deeper insight on a private tour of the Centre Pompidou. Meet your guide outside and begin your tour by examining the museum's striking exterior. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building was conceived as an “inside-out” structure and is instantly recognizable. After hearing about the museum’s origin, begin your tour of its modern art collection, which contains nearly 3,200 works. Learn about abstract art and how to place it in its proper context, allowing you to appreciate it fully. Your guide will lead you to the most important pieces in this amazing collection, explain the groundbreaking artistic movements that question how we see the world, and help you interpret and understand the sensational artworks. Visit the museum's modern and contemporary art galleries and find out about recent artistic movements like Fluxus and Minimalism. Hang out on the museum's roof and take in the Parisian Panorama. By the end of your tour, you’ll have a complete overview of the modern art world.

Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

9. 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.

Paris: Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

10. Paris: Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

Discover the many artistic masterpieces of the Musée National d’Art Moderne collection, housed in the Pompidou Centre. Learn about modern and contemporary art with an intimate small-group tour. Meet your guide outside of the building, and begin your tour by examining the museum's striking exterior. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building was conceived as an “inside-out” structure and vibrantly colored. After hearing about the museum’s origin, begin your tour of its modern art collection, which contains nearly 3,200 works. Discuss Cubism in front of a Picasso painting. Chat about Fauvism while admiring a Matisse. See how the World Wars impacted the art world. Witness the chaos and dark humor of the Dada movement – a reaction to the gore of World War I. Admire works by the surrealists such as Salvador Dali. Learn about Pop Art as you check out a few of Andy Warhol’s works. Explore movements such as Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionism. Marvel at works by beloved French artists as well as international artists such O’Keefe, Pollock, and Mondrian. Visit the museum's contemporary art galleries and find out about recent artistic movements like Fluxus and Minimalism. Experience works such as Dubuffet’s winter garden installation. Hang out on the museum's roof and take in the Parisian Panorama. By the end of your tour, you’ll have a complete overview of the modern art world. Choose the private tour option and enjoy an even more personalized experience.

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What people are saying about Centre Pompidou

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,687 reviews

The guide includes almost everything you’d want to see. This is my 6th time in Paris, and spent an entire week taking in some of the usual favorites, Louvre, D’Orsay and visited many smaller venues, most of which we’d never seen before. The museum pass is almost always the best way to see more during your time because you skip some extremely long lines! Highly recommend.

It's a little tricky to find the office to pick up your pass, but they work like a charm. You still need to get a timed ticket for the Louvre and Versailles, but you just walk into other places.

So easy to use& highly recommend! Only way to see the various sites.

Pretty nice choice to know the best places of Paris and safe money!!

Worth the price! Walk right into museums and avoid the lines.