Centre Pompidou – tickets, price, free entry, guided tour, best time to visit

Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Centre Pompidou is a 20th-century contemporary architecture and art Museum, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.

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

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

In this article, we share 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

How to reach Centre Pompidou

Center Pompidou’s address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France. Get Direction

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.

Access map of Center Pompidou
Image: Centrepompidou.fr

Since it is conveniently located amongst public transport options, we suggest you give them a try.

To Centre Pompidou by Metro

Rambuteau Metro Station, which is served by Line 11 is closest to Centre Pompidou – just 150 meters (500 feet) away.

Hotel de Ville Station served by Lines 1 and 11 and Chatelet Station served by Lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14 are also close by.

Both of them are around five minutes by walk from the attraction.

By RER Trains

The Metro lines serve the city of Paris, while the RER trains serve Paris and its suburbs.

If you will be reaching Centre Pompidou from the suburbs, you can take one of the RER trains to Châtelet – Les Halles.

Châtelet – Les Halles is around 500 meters (one third of a mile) from Centre Pompidou and easily walkable.

Buses to Centre Pompidou

If buses are your preferred mode of transport, board route numbers 29, 38, 47 and 75 and get down near the attraction.

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Centre Pompidou hours

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

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

On Tuesdays, this modern Parisian Museum is closed.


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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
Image: Centrepompidou.fr

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.

The exhibitions usually change in June, September, and February and if you are visiting during these months, be at Center Pompidou as early as you can.

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.

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

Made in Japan - La grande odalisque
This painting by Martial Raysse is called ‘Made in Japan – La grande odalisque’ and is on display at Centre Pompidou. Raysse takes icons from art history and recreates them in a pop art style. Image: Centrepompidou.fr

Pompidou tickets offers free entry on the first Sunday of each month.

Yes, thats right – you can enter the Museum without any tickets.

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 and 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

There are three ways to book tickets for Centre Pompidou –

1. Reach the venue and buy from Centre Pompidou’s ticket counter
2. Buy the tickets over a phone call
3. Buy Smartphone tickets online (our recommendation!)

You must purchase your Centre Pompidou ticket online, in advance, so that you don’t have to queue up at the Museum’s ticketing window.

Centre Pompidou tickets
Image: Checkoutsam.com

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.

We explain all the three options in detail below.

1. Buying Centre Pompidou tickets at the attraction

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
Image: Tripadvisor.com

You can find these reviews here, here and here.

2. Purchasing 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.

3. Booking Centre Pompidou tickets online

This is our recommended option.

Numerous travel organizations sell tickets on their website and since everything is online, in a few 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!)

Centre Pompidou ticket prices

The price of Centre Pompidou ticket for all 18+ visitors 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.


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How to use Centre Pompidou’s online tickets?

Here is how online tickets for Centre George Pompidou work –

Step 1: Within few 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, you can skip the long ticket purchase line and walk up to the Museum entrance.

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

La Muse Endormie at Center Pompidou
In 1909 Constantin Brancusi created the first La Muse Endormie (the sleeping muse) in marble. He used it to create a plaster mold and then create six more bronzes, one of which is in Center Pompidou. Constantin Brancusi is known as the great patriarch of modern sculpture. Image: Centrepompidou.fr

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 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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