Centre Pompidou
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The project of the Centre Pompidou was initially conceptualized to be a large, free and general use public library that until the mid 20th century was...

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Get the most of contemporary and modern art taking this 2-hour guided tour of the Centre Pompidou with an expert guide. In the very heart of...

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Enjoy direct access to more than 50 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area!The Paris Museum Pass is available is for 2, 4, ...

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The Paris Pass is the ultimate sightseeing package that will grant you access to over 60 world-famous museums, art galleries, and monuments ...

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Visit the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou with an expert guide.The Centre Pompidou now contains Europe's leading collection of ...

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The Pompidou Center houses some of the world’s most exciting modern and contemporary art, and on this 2-2.5 hour guided tour, you will learn...

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Experience art in a different way at the Pompidou Center, with its stunning collection of modern and contemporary art. Daring architecture, ...

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Get ready to eat, drink, and explore your way through the city’s gourmet charms with this 3.5-hour tour of Le Marais neighborhood.The Center...

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Enjoy the trendiest neighborhood of Paris with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Le Marais including two tastings!The Marais is a neighborhood o...

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Learn more about Paris' history and French culture while walking past the Seine and along the Champs Elysees, discovering facts and anecdote...

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Explore the heart of the LGBT community in Paris with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Le Marais neighborhood!Enjoy this delightful mix of hist...

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The inside story

The project of the Centre Pompidou was initially conceptualized to be a large, free and general use public library that until the mid 20th century was greatly lacking in the city of Paris. At the same time the city’s Museum of Modern Arts, or Musée National d’Art Moderne was in great need of a new home.

Commissioned by the then President of France Georges Pompidou (whose name was eventually given to this cultural center) an architectural competition began to win the right to plan and build the new structure.

A team of two Italian and one British architects won and gave life to what is today considered a highly avant-garde building that embraces the future. It was not initially received well by the public and critics because thought to create a strong esthetic clash with the surrounding area. One could say that the outer ‘walls’ are missing, leaving exposed the skeleton of the building, with brightly colored tubes of the mechanical systems visible to anyone. More recently it is a structure that has been praised as a great innovation architectural thought on a whole.

At the time of construction IRCAM, a center for music and acoustic research, was already on location and is today also an integral part of the Centre Georges Pompidou.

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Centre Pompidou 19 Rue Beaubourg Paris
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