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Centre Pompidou: Permanent and Temporary Exhibits Access

1. Centre Pompidou: Permanent and Temporary Exhibits Access

The Centre Pompidou, located in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement, was inaugurated in 1977 and is a masterpiece of President Georges Pompidou. A library, music, acoustics research center, and a museum, this unusual cultural institution, also known as the Centre Beaubourg, combines modern and contemporary creations, including plastic arts, books, design, music, and cinema. With over 100,000 works, the collections make up one of the world's leading references for the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. From the great historical collections to the most recent acquisitions, they cover the visual arts, drawing, photography, new media, experimental film, architecture, design, and industrial prospects. You will find key works, 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), and the founding movements of modern art (Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Lyric Abstraction, and Geometric Abstraction). This extensive and incomparable collection retraces the high points in the development of modernity, shedding light on its complexity, genealogies, exchanges, and cross-overs, and the go-betweens who helped to write the history of art in the first half of the 20th century. Discover the new hang of contemporary collections devoted to works that have recently entered the museum through the generosity of patrons, artists, and donors. Built around themes and artists, this journey invites you to explore the art of the present, open to the world. Temporary Exhibition: "Baselitz La rétrospective" from October 20, 2021, through March 7, 2022. "Georg Baselitz - The retrospective" is the German artist’s first comprehensive exhibition at the Center Pompidou. It brings together, chronologically, his masterpieces from the last six decades and reveals their most striking creative periods: from the first paintings and the Pandemonium manifesto in the early 1960s to the Heroes series, from Fractured Compositions to Patterns in 1969, through the successive sets of works for which the artist masterfully experiments with new pictorial techniques with varied aesthetics, nourished by references to the history of art and his intimate knowledge of the work many artists such as Edvard Munch, Otto Dix, or Willem de Kooning, up to Russian Paintings and self-reflective creations "Remix" and "Time."

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The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

2. The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

The Paris Pass is an all-inclusive sightseeing package and your key to the city of Paris. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 75 top attractions, a 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass giving you access to many of the cities museums and landmarks, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay. You will also get skip-the-ticket-line entrance to many of the sights, saving you time at attractions such as the Centre Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and more. Head out to the Palace of Versailles, or take a Bateaux River Cruise to see the city from the River Seine. The Paris Pass offers access to over 75 attractions and tours including: Top Attractions and Activities: • Eiffel Tower Elevator Guided Tour (2nd floor) Guided Tours and Experiences: • Ballon de Paris Generali • Parc Asterix Theme Park Ticket Top Attractions and Activities: • Musée du Louvre• Musee d'Orsay• Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art• Espace Dali • Big Bus – 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise• Wine Tasting - Les Caves du Louvre• Tour Montparnasse • Arc du Triomphe• Picasso Museum• Musee Grevin, Wax museum• Châteaux de Versailles • Flyview Package Paris Liberty Walking Tours: • Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais – Walking tour• Walking tour along the Seine• Walking Tour in the Parisian Covered Passages• Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise - Walking Tour• Stade de France tour Galleries:• Musée Rodin • Musée National de l'Orangerie • Musée national des Arts asiatiques  Places of Interest: • Petit Train de Montmartre • Rex Studio• Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story • Musée des Égouts de Paris • Musée du Parfum Fragonard Tour• Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette • BAPBAP Brewery Taproom Experience Beer tasting and gifts Historic Buildings:   • Panthéon• Conciergerie  • Chapelle expiatoire • Château de Rambouillet • Château de Vincennes• Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne • Château de Pierrefonds • Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon • Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly • Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne • Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau• Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis• Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André • Sainte Chapelle • Château de Maisons-Laffitte• Villa Savoye• Château de Fontainebleau  Museums: • Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er • La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma • Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois • Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme • Musée de la Musique - La Villette • 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 • Musée national du Moyen Age - Themes de Cluny • Musée national Eugène Delacroix • Musée Nissim de Camondo The Paris Pass is fully digital and is accessible to download to your mobile device straight away, together with the digital guide. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and as such must be collected in a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included on the digital guide.

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Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

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

Enjoy priority 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. The Pass is available for 2, 4, or 6 days with the pick-up 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

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Le Marais: Private Walking Tour

4. Le Marais: Private Walking Tour

Your guide will take you beyond the beaten track and typical tourist routes to another cultural dimension, on this mystical and enchanting escape to some of the more unusual spots in the French capital. Tailor your itinerary to suit your group and spend more time at the locations that spark your interest. Originally a swamp, the land of the Marais was drained and it became habitable, soon enticing settlers. It developed into the center of the city’s Jewish community, remaining so to this day. Over the years it has gone through several transformations, changing from a chic residential area that was home to aristocrats and even a royal court, to a run-down neighborhood. Today, the Marais is reliving its finest days. With your guide, you’ll have the opportunity to see the best it has to offer. Experience the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. During the tour, your guide will show you the many faces of this unique neighborhood, narrate some interesting stories, and inform you about important historical events.

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Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

5. 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, 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.

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Centre Pompidou: Private Tour

6. 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.

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Le Marais: Explore Old Paris with a Local Host

7. 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.  

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Le Marais: Walking Tour

8. 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.

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Centre Pompidou: Tour

9. Centre Pompidou: Tour

Enter the iconic Centre Pompidou, with its striking architecture and see around 3,200 works from early 20th century art to modern day. 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 artistic masterpieces by beloved French artists as well as international artists such as O’Keefe, Pollock, and Mondrian. 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. Admire works by the surrealists such as Salvador Dali. Learn about the abstract expressionist art of Jackson Pollock. Admire Klein’s “Grande Anthropophagie 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. 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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Centre Pompidou

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,972 reviews

A must have if you plan on visiting any of the historic places who accept the pass. Definitely saves money and time (skip the line with a separate entrance). During our stay and due to construction/covid we needed to a pick a time to enter the Louvre, but all the rest were skip the line.

Very good price if you visit at least 3 museums a day. We was at Versailles, Orsay, Invalides Dom in one day, and in the other day at Sainte-Chapelle, Conciergerie and Louvre. We was with our kid (5 years old), if you are single, you can visit more than us.

Very recommendable. We could skip all the lines and the museum pass always worked. One just has to book a time range but that it obviously for free. The people at the museum pass pick up spot are very friendly.

Recommended. Very nice area, Paris from above and the modern art plan is wonderful

The ticket office was not far from the Louvre and the staff were very friendly.