Tip for visiting Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou is one of the most renowned art establishments in the world. 

Housed in Paris, Centre Pompidou displays Europe’s largest collection of modern art. 

The museum is known not only for its collection but also for its influential architecture. 

Visitors can explore the extensive collection of works by artists like Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and more. 

With a unique collection of masterpieces and numerous features to explore, it is easy for guests to get overwhelmed in the museum.

Hence this guide brings some tips for visiting Centre Pompidou.

Plan your visit ahead

The distinctive collection of contemporary art, exhibitions and monographs make Centre Pompidou one of the must-visit art museums in the city. 

With three million annual visitors, the museum can get crowded and difficult to gain entry. 

Hence it is essential to plan your visit ahead of time and secure your admission by booking your tickets online

With online tickets, guests can visit at the pre-booked time slot and enjoy an uninterrupted visit. 

In addition, we suggest visiting the reception desk and finding out all the events, exhibitions and workshops available for the day to make the best of their visit.

Explore the museum from top to bottom

The best way to visit Centre Pompidou is a debatable subject. 

However, most visitors have claimed that visiting from top to bottom is the most enjoyable experience. 

Start your visit by exploring temporary exhibits on level 6 and then proceed to the displays from 1905 to the mid-1960s on level 5. 

As you descend to level 4, time transitions to the modern day as this level showcases the modern permanent collection. 

Visitors then relax in the libraries or cafes to eliminate their art fatigue. 

This method also helps to skip crowds who usually visit from the bottom levels. 

Also, learn the museum layout before visiting to avoid losing your way while exploring.

Know the best time to visit the museum

Most people suggest visiting Centre Pompidou during the initial hours of opening. 

However, huge crowds wait to visit the museum just after the opening hours.

These lines start 30 minutes before the opening and can last very long in peak season. 

Hence the best time to visit the museum is after 3 pm. 

Also, the best days to visit in the week are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Make the best use of your tickets

All the Centre Pompidou tickets offer terrace access. 

The terrace provides the best scenic view of Paris city and is a must-visit spot during sunset hours. 

Visit the terrace and the Le Georges Restaurant to enjoy the best French delicacies.

Take a guided tour

Take a guided tour
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Centre Pompidou is one of the largest modern art museums and has a lot of artworks and artists to learn about. 

It might be difficult to navigate and get the best out of the visit. 

Hence for a more immersive experience, take a guided tour of Centre Pompidou. 

On this tour, an expert guide takes a small private group to explore the museum and shares his knowledge of the masterpieces. 

Take advantage of free admission

If you do not wish to spend money on the museum, plan your visit for the first Sunday of the month. 

Centre Pompidou offers free admission to all guests on the first Sunday of every month.

Dress comfortably

It is suggested to dress comfortably to enjoy the visit. 

Since visitors need to walk for hours inside the museum, it is best to wear the most comfortable pair of walking shoes. 

Do not carry equipment or big luggage

Do not carry
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Visitors are not permitted to carry cameras or recording equipment inside the museum. 

However, they offer cloakroom service at the venue from 11 am to 9.50 pm to store your things.

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