One of Paris’ most striking buildings was only completed in 1977. The Centre George Pompidou, also known as the Beaubourg, was designed in the postmodern, high-tech architecture style by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. The industrial façade and exposed interior are in striking contrast with the surrounding neighborhood of Marais and the 4th arrondissement, one of the oldest areas in Paris. But it’s not just a pretty face: the center is home to the Bibliothèque, France’s largest public library, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne.
The Musée National d’Art Moderne has the second largest collection of modern art in the world behind MoMA in New York, with nearly 60,000 pieces (though only around 600 are on display at any one time). It features Dali, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Matisse among many others. If you’re not interested in the art, at least swing by on your way to Marais to check out the architecture.
Metro: Chatelet les Halles (RER A,B,D) or Rambuteau (11)
Hours: Open every day except Tuesday 11:00-21:00
Admission: €12.00 Adults
Free for children 18 & under