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Paris's Georges Pompidou Centre and the Museum National d'Art Moderne

Updated on February 17, 2016
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Jaynie is from Madison, WI but has traveled extensively. Her family speaks 4 languages, making the world very accessible.

Built in 1977, the George Pompidou Centre is one of the most modern and controversial attractions in Paris. The juxtaposition of this modern architecture alongside the richly historic monuments and buildings of Paris is lauded by some yet loathed by others.This unique structure appears as if it has been turned inside out. The center's main elevator snakes along the outside of the building's facade and features a plexiglass, tube shaped car. Colorful pipes, steel bars and glass walls add to the center's ultramodern feel. Stepping off the elevator onto the top of the building allows visitors to enjoy sweeping views of the historic city.

Also located atop the center is the Restaurant George Pompidou, a stunning, modernly appointed eatery featuring incomparable seafood, pasta dishes, wines and desserts. Shiny, white laminate tables are offset by single red roses and surrounded by large windows offering panoramic views of the city. A fully-staffed outdoor patio allows guests to enjoy al fresco dining in nice weather.

The exterior boasts a large open space that is usually bustling with street musicians, performance artists and families taking in the entertainment over a picnic lunch. The central highlight of this space is the famed Stravinsky Fountain, whose colorful, whimsical sculptures were inspired by Stavinsky's ballet, The Firebird.

The Musee National d'Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art) is located on the fourth floor and is a must see for lovers of fine, modern art. The gallery is home to several permanent collections as well as rotating shows. It houses an impressive collection of surrealist works, photography, sculptures, and other media. The lower level also offers a theater and a bookstore for those that may not be interested in the galleries.

More information about the Museum National d'Art Moderne, can be found at

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      Jaynie2000 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I'll check it out.

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      Daniel Christian 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks for this. I enjoyed reading your hub. I myself love Paris and did a hub about Centre Pompidou Paris here:

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      Jaynie2000 7 years ago

      I also love the Musee Rodin, the Musee d'Orsay, and strolling along the Champs Elysee. The cathedrals are magnificent too, especially Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. The Louvre is world renowned, but too large for my tastes and takes up too much of your day. The Eiffel Tower is wonderful, but beware of the strolling street vendors who can be quite persistent. They make it feel like being in a third world country!

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      Neon_Letters 7 years ago

      Paris i've always wanted to go there, now i know what to look for if i ever go.

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      Jaynie2000 7 years ago

      I will check it out. Thanks so much for sharing. I've been to Paris twice and was lucky enough to see different things each time. There's certainly no shortage of things to do there.

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      Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hmm ... I was in Paris last June and I missed this complex. Certainly looks fun! I suppose now I know for next time lol.

      Thank you for sharing this. Paris is gorgeous!

      (If you have a chance check out my blog - photographs included). Cheers!