Centre Georges Pompidou
Centre Georges Pompidou commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou and also known as the Pompidou Centre in English, is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, and the Marais. It was designed in the style of high-tech architecture by the architectural team of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, along with Gianfranco Franchini.
It houses the Bibliothèque publique d’information (Public Information Library), 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 Beaubourg (IPA: [bobuʁ]). It is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who commissioned the building, and was officially opened on 31 January 1977 by President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. As of 2006, the Centre Pompidou has had over 180 million visitors since 1977 and more than 5,209,678 visitors in 2013, including 3,746,899 for the museum.
The sculpture Horizontal by Alexander Calder, a free-standing mobile that is 7.6 m (25 ft) tall, was placed in front of the Centre Pompidou in 2012.
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Looking for cultural things to do in Paris? Among Paris many attractions you can find the largest modern art museum in Europe. The museum is located in the Pompidou Center in Paris, or Centre Pompidou as the French say. Besides the museum you can also find the Bibliotheque, a huge library of information, and IRCAM, a center for music and acoustics. The name originates from the President of France during the 1970’s who initiated its creation.
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Planning to visit this Paris museum? Entrance to the museum is not cheap but it will be free if you hold the Paris “Pass”. You can also gain entrance to over 60 other locations such as the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle, Arc Triomphe, Paris Opera House, Dali Museum and many more. Other great benefits of the pass include the “Hop on hop off bus tour” which will get you to all the major attractions in Paris, allowing you to hop on and off as much as you like. More advantages include use of public transport, and possibly the best of all, you get to skip the lines of in many of Paris attractions.
The Pompidou Center Paris was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and cost nearly 1 billion French Franc. Amongst other attractions in the area you will find a magnificent water fountain “Stravinsky” named after the famous composer. If you are lucky you may catch a mini carnival in the spring, and you will surely see street jugglers and performers which are present regularly. Check out our special video guides for more attractions.
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