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The Centre Georges Pompidou, or the Pompidou Centre, was inaugurated on January 31 1977. From the moment it opened to the public on February 2 1977 it was an immense success, rapidly becoming one of the most popular cultural venues in the world and one of the most visited monuments in France.
The history of the Pompidou Centre only started back in 1969. It was commissioned by French President Georges Pompidou, who identified the need for a free public information library in Paris. He took the decision to have a multidisciplinary cultural centre developed in the Beaubourg area, and since its construction it has become an integral part of Parisian culture.
After its inception, a major competition for ideas and designs was launched, and architects from all over the world were invited to participate. There ended up being 681 different competitors from 49 different countries!
Originally formed back in 1947, the Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne, known as the MNAM, was relocated from the Palais de Tokyo to the Pompidou Centre where it grew considerably over the years and became a world leader in the field of modern and contemporary art.
In later years, the Pompidou Centre evolved to be able to accommodate live performances and film screenings, and over time, the MNAM has gradually become the second-largest museum of modern and contemporary art in the world (after the MOMA in New York).
In addition to hosting the largest free library in Paris, the Pompidou Centre also became home to the IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music.
All areas of the Pompidou Centre are closed on Tuesdays.
11am - 9pm every day (closed on Tuesdays).
Every Thursday, exhibitions on Level 6 are open until 11pm.
2pm - 6pm every day (closed on Tuesdays).
Bibliothèque Publique d'Information (BPI):
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 noon - 10pm (closed on Tuesdays).