The Centre George Pompidou (or, “Beaubourg, ” as locals refer to it) is the largest contemporary art museum in France. This museum was one of the greatest initiatives of French President Georges Pompidou. Pompidou was an a passionate art lover, and was determined to change the Parisian landscape, often against the protest of many Parisians that criticized his creations as too modern for Paris. This museum is a an outstanding example of his constructions that stands in complete contrast to the neighbourhood’s Haussmannian character.The centre was designed by the architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, and was inaugurated in 1977. Its vent, drainage and electricity pipes are colored and exposed outside the walls of the building. The green pipes are for plumbing, the blue pipes used for ventilation, and the yellow ones contain the electricity cables. Onthe last floor one can look out over the picturesque rooftops of Paris.
Address: Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm