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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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Le Marais: Private Walking Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

8. Paris: Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

Discover the many artistic masterpieces of the Musée National d’Art Moderne collection, housed in the Pompidou Centre. Learn about modern and contemporary art with an intimate small-group tour. Meet your guide outside of the building, 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 vibrantly colored. After hearing about the museum’s origin, begin your tour of its modern art collection, which contains nearly 3,200 works. 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 – a reaction to the gore of World War I. Admire works by the surrealists such as Salvador Dali. 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 works by beloved French artists as well as international artists such O’Keefe, Pollock, and Mondrian. 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. Choose the private tour option and enjoy an even more personalized experience.

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Paris: Pompidou Centre Private Guided Tour

9. Paris: Pompidou Centre Private Guided Tour

Discover a treasure chest of modern and contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and experience the city’s 3rd most important gallery after the Louvre and Orsay Museum. Start with an explanation of the building, itself a piece of avant garde art. Then, skip the long lines, and follow your guide through the chronological and thematically arranged complex. Marvel at art from the early 20th century to the present day, learning about abstract art and how to place it in its proper context to appreciate it more. Principal art pieces included on the tour are “Il Ritorno di Ulisse” (“Ulysses’ Return”) by Chirico, “La Ville No. 2” by the Orphism artist Robert Delaunay, and “Rose Sélavy” by Duchamp. Admire Otto Dix’s challenging “Portrait of a Journalist Sylvia von Harden,” and Max Ernst’s collage “Ubu Imperateur.” Your guide will explain the meanings of Picasso’s “Femme nue Couchée,” and the abstract expressionist art of Jackson Pollock. Marvel at Klein’s “Grande Anthropagie 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.

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Paris: Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais for Families

10. Paris: Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais for Families

Le Marais retains plenty of old world charm with its narrow, winding streets, hidden courtyards and beautiful medieval and Renaissance mansions. Dynamic and modern, yet steeped in history and overflowing with charm, the Marais is the perfect place to explore as a family, accompanied by a passionate local guide See the the Hotel de Sens, a magnificent palace built in 1500 - children will love searching for the cannonball still lodged in the wall. You’ll see the magnificent Place des Vosges, one of the most beautiful squares in the city and a favorite picnic spot in summer. Hear stories of kings jousting and see if you can tell the difference between the real and fake facades. Discover cool boutiques on the rue des Francs Bourgeois and stroll by the café terraces, perfect for sitting and watching the world go by. You’ll visit the traditional Jewish quarter, where you can taste the best falafel in the city. Then check out some of the newest and best pastry shops in the city.  Along the way, younger visitors can keep their eyes open for all kinds of street art, from painted murals to decorated street signs. Walk past the iconic Centre Pompidou, so scandalous when it was first built, now loved by locals and visitors alike. See the fairytale architecture of Paris’ City Hall, and end your tour with a stroll by the riverside. Specially designed materials for children will be provided to ensure that younger members of the family are able to participate every step of the way. Your guide will be fully licensed and specialized in leading tours for all ages.

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What people are saying about Centre Pompidou

All worked flawlessly despite the warning umbrellas not allowed in the building but the excellent cloakroom has storage for umbrellas - foldable ones would fit in the lockers

Centre Pompidou takes you on an evolutionary journey through modern art. The way the galleries are laid out is easy to follow. They also have a large bookstore to visit.

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

Great views of Paris and wonderful exhibit of Georgia Okeefe

It was great. We had a timed entry that was seamless.