- The Paris tourist attractions that aren’t worth a visit

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Pompidou Center (Centre Pompidou)

Why the Centre Pompidou is a Paris tourist attraction that isn’t worth a visit

The Centre Pompidou is a weird building in the Beaubourg area of Paris, near Les Halles and the Marais. It houses a public library and the Museum of Modern Arts.

For some this building is amazing, for others it’s plain ugly. Even the French don’t know if they like it or not.

The building was built in the 70s and named after the former president George Pompidou. All the service pipes which are normally in the house walls are on the outside of the building: the water pipes, electricity lines, air condition tubes, etc. are on the outside and painted in flashy colors. It kinda looks like a big fat oil refinery in the middle of the city with some paint stains.

As mentioned before the Musée National d’Art Moderne is in there with lots of fancy modern art stuff. Apparently you can call yourself a famous artist, when you paint some red and blue dots on the canvas. If you have a clue about modern art, you find there Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. For us it was hell of a lot too abstract!

We recommend you visit the Centre Pompidou to have a look at this monstrosity! But unless you’re an abstract art lover, don’t be bothered to go inside the Centre Pompidou. The paintings are just too weird and quite honestly very boring. Rather spend the admission fee for something useful and relaxing, such as a wonderful tasty crepe with a good cafe au lait in one of Paris numerous cafes!

Attraction: Pompidou Center (Centre Pompidou)
Address: place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Opening hours: Days Time
every day
(except Tue)
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Admission fees: Ticket type Price
Tickets €10

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  1. January 17, 2006 @ 2:05 am

    Susie M. said,

    That’s really the weirdest building I’ve ever seen!

  2. February 15, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    jesska said,

    yeah but paris was so pretty when it had all its old archetecture.. and now they are ruining it with all its new archetecture.

  3. March 15, 2006 @ 1:28 am

    Alex said,

    This was the best building ever!!! LOL. Not until The next generation.

  4. March 15, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    Alfonso said,

    I actually liked this building. Go visit it, it is really lovely. These people do not know how to tell if something is pretty or not!

  5. August 23, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Lissa said,

    My family and I had a great visit here. The outside tubes to ride up were fun and you get a beautiful view of the city. The Matisse’s are fabulous and the restaurant is cooler than cool.

  6. September 15, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    Melanie said,

    I disagree as this is a museum with so much to offer! Their holdings are fabulous for those modern art fans. I spent 1/2 a day and did not see all. The view is incredible.

  7. September 20, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    foxhay said,

    Another idiotic review from a philistine with no imagination- please ignore the stupid reviews on this site!!

  8. January 31, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

    Ian said,


  9. May 20, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    NDS said,

    totally wrong. there’s a great view for very cheap. and and awesome library. GO!!

  10. February 26, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    Erica said,

    i take french in school and the teacher makes us do stuff on paris , and i happen to see this website and was bored , soi guess PARIS IS AWESOMMME ! even thougth i’ve never beee n

  11. March 1, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    Erica said,

    WHAT THE FRENCH ! you guys…..respond to me , and my friend kyle (he has no friends)

  12. March 5, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Guzzie said,

    This site is retarded, made by a bunch of uncultured idiots. Most of the places this site regards as not worth seeing are iconic places in Europe. Go back to school

  13. April 27, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    Erica said,

    you guys are gay! all i am trying to do is learn and get my point acroos about FRANCE! douche bags.

  14. May 7, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    Ruth said,

    Umm, do you like art? I mean, actually enjoy visiting art museums? Do you like anything made this century? If your taste stopped at the impressionists, the Musee Dorsay is the place to go, but beyond that, you need to go here. I actually adored Centre Pompidou, but I’d rather see modern art than the old “masters” at the Louvre. (Not that I didn’t go to both.) I guess it’s a matter of whether you like Picasso, Miro and beyond. Of course your not going to like everything at a modern art museum, but half the fun can be deciding what you think is valuable and what is totally ridiculous.

  15. June 2, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    Erica said,

    yeah i love modern art ! its about time somebody starts talking about stuff i care about. I’ve never been but i would love to go, seeing these pictures makes me want to go even more !!!!

  16. January 26, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    name said,

    Your blog hit the nail on the head.

  17. March 2, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    dave said,

    very nice put up, i actually love this website, carry on it

  18. March 2, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    dave said,

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I imply, I know it was my choice to read, but I really thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you possibly can fix in the event you werent too busy on the lookout for attention.

  19. March 4, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    said said,

    This place is awesome. Whoever made this review was clearly retarded. Get a life.

  20. June 8, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    phill said,

    I’m going there in spring and want to see it for myself, to decide weather I like it or not!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. September 9, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Lotti Hotel Paris said,

    Yes, it’s close to our hotel

  22. February 20, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    kayleigh said,

    Ingore everything this website says!!! I have never been to this place but it sounds really good and if you love modern art you’ll love this place!!!!! xx

  23. November 29, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    GoodtoGo said,

    Our kids (boys age 11 & 9) loved this musuem! I would not choose modern art as my favorite, but I really enjoyed it as well. We did have to wait a while to get in. They were not letting anyone in the musuem at 11 a.m. when we got there. Never found out what the hold up was, but at noon the line started moving. Because we had the musuem pass and stood in that line, we then got in quickly. They were picky about backpacks and we had to “check” ours at the coat check room.

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