Centre Pompidou – tickets, price, free entry, tours

Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Centre Pompidou was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and represents 20th-century contemporary architecture and art.

Other than architecture, the popular Parisian Museum showcases music, cinema, photography, and multimedia.

To top it all, literally, Centre Pompidou has a beautiful 6th-floor rooftop with a panoramic view over Paris.

In this article, we cover everything you need to know before your visit to Centre Georges Pompidou.

1. Opening hours
2. Best time to visit
3. Free entry
4. Centre Pompidou tickets
5. How to use online tickets
6. Guided tour

Centre Pompidou location

Centre Georges Pompidou (most commonly referred to as Centre Pompidou) is situated in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, and the Marais.

Center Pompidou address
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France.

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How to reach Centre Pompidou

This Paris attraction can be reached through Public transport such as the metro, bus and RER.

The following routes can be followed for reaching Centre Pompidou –

Metro: Rambuteau line 11, Hôtel de Ville lines 1 and 11, Châtelet lines 1, 11 and 14.

RER: Châtelet – Les Halles

Bus: lines 29, 38, 47 and 75

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Centre Pompidou hours

Centre Pompidou is open on all days (except Tuesday) from 11 am to 9 pm.

Whether it is a sunny day or a rainy one, there is never a bad time to visit the Centre Pompidou.

On Tuesdays, this modern Museum is closed.

On Thursdays, visitors get two hours extra as the Centre Pompidou’s closing time is extended till 11 pm.

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Best time to visit Centre Pompidou

The best time to visit Center Pompidou is after 3 pm, when most of the crowd is done exploring the Museum.

Fearing the legendary Center Pompidou crowd, tourists start lining up half an hour before it opens (at 11 am) and thats why morning visits aren’t recommended.

Here is a chart of the most comfortable times to visit Center Pompidou –

Best time to visit Centre Pompidou
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The current ongoing exhibitions also decide the crowd at the Museum. However, this is mostly the local Parisian crowd.

The first week and the last week of a good exhibition are usually crowded.

It is advised to avoid visiting in June, September, and February as that is when exhibitions change.

When NOT to visit Centre Pompidou

Rainy days aren’t the best time to visit Centre Pompidou, because it being an indoor attraction everybody lands up.

If you don’t like the crowd (who does?!) visit Centre Pompidou later in the day.

Avoid school holidays and National holidays such as Easter, Christmas, New Year’s eve etc.

Note: If you book your tickets online, you don’t need to worry about waiting in the long lines.

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Centre Pompidou free entry

The good news is, Pompidou tickets are free on the first Sunday of each month.

However, thousands throng this Paris attraction on free entry days.

On regular days, entry is free for under-18s (permanent + temporary collection), EU citizens under 26 (permanent collection) and disabled visitors + carers.

Having said that, we think the ticket price is well worth it. Don’t believe us? Check out the Tripadvisor reviews for Center Pompidou.

Centre Pompidou tickets

The price of the Centre Pompidou ticket is 14 Euros.

Visitors younger than 18 years of age, and EU citizens under 26 and those with a disability certificate don’t need to buy this 14 Euros ticket.

They can enter the Museum for free.

There are three ways of booking tickets for Centre Pompidou –

1. Buy at Centre Pompidou
2. Buy through a call
3. Buy Smartphone tickets online

We highly recommend you purchase your Centre Pompidou in advance so that you don’t have to queue up at the Museum’s ticketing window.

During off seasons, waiting time at the ticket counter can be anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. During peak season the maximum wait can even go up to two hours.

Centre Pompidou tickets at the attraction

Yes, it is possible to buy tickets at Centre Pompidou.

You will have to line up at the ticketing window, wait your turn, and then buy your ticket.

As mentioned earlier, during peak season this waiting time can go up to 2 hours plus.

Don’t believe us? Check out what these tourists who visited Centre Pompidou have to say about the time it takes to buy tickets, waiting times and the length of queues at the venue.

Centre Pompidou Reviews
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You can find these reviews here, here and here.

Centre Pompidou tickets by phone

Tickets to Centre Pompidou can be booked via a call to +33 (0) 144781233.

Telephonic booking services are provided Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, excluding public holidays.

While there is no waiting time here, we feel this option is still tiresome.

Going through the whole process of buying the Pompidou admission tickets over the phone can take a long time.

We don’t recommend this option.

Centre Pompidou tickets online

This is our recommended option to buy Centre Pompidou tickets online.

Numerous travel organizations sell tickets on their website and since everything is online, in less than two minutes you can have the tickets in your inbox.

There are many advantages of buying it online –

1. You can plan your trip depending on ticket availability
2. You can avoid waiting in the queue at the venue
3. You can avoid carrying a physical ticket. Your ticket will be in your email (and you don’t need to take a print out!)

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How to use online tickets?

Here is how online tickets for Centre George Pompidou work –

Step 1: Within two minutes of you buying the online tickets, they will be delivered to your email.

Step 2: Carry your smartphone along and reach Centre Pompidou, Paris anytime it is open.

Step 3: Enter Centre Pompidou via the Priority Entrance, which will bring you straight to the security checkpoint.

Step 4: After the security check, skip the long ticket purchase line and walk straight to the museum.

Step 5: At the Museum entrance, show your smartphone ticket and step in. You may have to show your smartphone tickets a few more times during your Centre Pompidou visit.

*When popular exhibitions are on, there is some waiting at the security lines too.

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Centre Pompidou guided tour

Centre Pompidou is the world’s leading reference for the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

It showcases more than 100,000 items, which tourists can explore during their visit.

Even if you spent 30 seconds in front of every item, it will take you more than 825 hours to see everything that’s on display at Centre Pompidou.

Smart tourists understand this and that’s why they opt for guided tours of Centre Pompidou.

In massive museums, guided tours are better because a guide –

– Ensures you don’t get lost and waste your time
– Shows you all the masterpieces in the Museum
– Narrates interesting stories and anecdotes

Since these are private guided tours, they tend to be a little costlier at Euros 125 per person. You will need at least two people for the tour to be accepted.

The tour starts every hour starting from 11 am till 8 pm. While booking the tickets, you will have to choose your preferred time slot.

The duration of this guided tour of Centre Pompidou is 2 hours.

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