Centre Pompidou

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How can you miss it ? Since its opening in 1977, the Centre Pompidou has had over 150 million visitors.

It houses a vast public library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research.

Because of its location, the Centre is known locally as the Beaubourg. It is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who decided its creation.

The Centre was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano; British architect Richard Rogers; and Italian architect Gianfranco Franchini.

The Place Georges Pompidou in front of the museum is noted for the presence of street performers, such as mimes and jugglers. In the spring, miniature carnivals are installed temporarily into the place in front with a wide variety of attractions: bands, caricature and sketch artists, tables set up for evening dining, and even skateboarding competitions.

Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Centre Georges Pompidou"

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  • Opening hours - Open everyday except tuesday and May 1st, from 11am to 10pm (7pm on December 24 et 31) - Night opening on thursday until 11pm, only for level 6 exhibitions.
  • Prices - Full price : 13 or 11 euros depending on the time of year - Reduced price : 10 or 9 euros depending on the time of year.
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