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Museums: Centre Pompidou

There are just a few things that are on my must do list when traveling; eating at some cool restaurants, visiting farmers and antique markets, and hitting a couple of museums. I find museum architecture quite interesting and how they interact with the surrounding environs. Urban museums have a different energy than those that sit on acreage featuring landscape art and outdoor sculpture gardens. I am partial to both, but when I find myself in a city on a rainy travel day, a museum is usually the perfect way to spend the day.

Centre Pompidou

Georges Pompidou Square, 75004 Paris


The Centre Pompidou is open every day from 11am except on Tuesdays. The crowds lessen at around 3pm during the week and between 7 - 9 pm on weekend nights. There are over 100,000 modern works mainly from the 20th and 21st centuries. Iconic artists include Matisse, Braque, Dubuffet, Picasso, Giocometti, and so many more.

Give yourself plenty of time to see all types of medium here as it is an expansive museum with not only many permanent and changing exhibits, but you could also get lost in the Bookshops and especially the Museum store. The museum has both a restaurant and a café so you won't go hungry.

The museum also offers performing arts, dance, music and conversations.

NOTE: On the first Sunday of every month, admission to the museum, the View of Paris and the Galerie des Enfants is free for everyone.

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