The National Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), in the 4th arrondissement, has more than 60,000 works of art from 1905 to the present day. It holds one of Europe’s most important collections of modern masterpieces, representing the artistic movements of fauvism, cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism.
The museum is also an attraction for where it is, inside the architecturally intriguing Pompidou Centre, located at the Place Beaubourg square, in the district of the same name. There are often mimes, music and other free entertainment in this popular square.
In contrast to the Louvre’s historical stone façade, the Pompidou Centre, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rodgers, is a postmodern landmark of steel and glass. It was initially met with criticism when it opened in 1977. Parisians were unimpressed by the building’s industrial, “inside-out” appearance. Its utilities, like escalators, water pipes and air-conditioning, are all color-coded and put on the outside of the building to free up space inside. Today the Pompidou Centre is symbolic of this cultural center’s willingness to embrace the new.
The library occupies the first three floors of the Pompidou Centre, and MOMA’s exhibits are on the fourth and fifth floor. Go to the fifth floor for works from 1905 to 1965 (the modern era), including artists such as Matisse, Dali, Miro, Kandinsky, Picasso and Pollock. On the fourth floor you’ll find pieces from the mid-‘60s up to present day (the contemporary era). Temporary exhibitions, about 30 a year, play a major part in the museum’s schedule. Only 850 or so pieces from the permanent collection are ever on display and are rotated every six months.
Gems of the permanent collection include 65 Picasso works, making MOMA a great alternative—or companion visit—to the National Picasso Museum, also in Paris. There is an extensive archive of Man Ray’s contact prints and negatives, some of which reveal never-before-published photos taken by the legendary photographer.
As well as a dedicated gallery space for children, the Pompidou Centre houses a public library, and IRCAM, a center for music and acoustic research, a cinema, several performance halls and panoramic views of the city from the sixth floor.
The National Museum of Modern Art is near major bus, train, and subway stations. Admission is free for permanent exhibits, and there’s a small fee for temporary exhibits. There’s a bookshop as well as a café that offers a variety of light menu items. The museum is open every day, except Tuesdays and May 1.
Located in the heart of Paris, this hotel is within walking distance of Place de la Bastille, Opera Bastille, and Place des Vosges. Also nearby are Picasso Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Located in Paris City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Sainte Chapelle, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Louvre Museum and Sorbonne University are also within 15 minutes.
Plenty of tourist attractions nearby the hotel Novotel Paris les Halles: the Marais area, Georges Pompidou center, Notre-Dame, Louvre etc. Business or leisure travelers can enjoy the culture of the city.
Along the Place de la République and next to a Metro station, this hotel is 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Louvre and about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) from the Opera Garnier, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Pompidou Center.
Located in Paris City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forum des Halles, Pont Neuf, and Palais Royal. Louvre Museum is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.
Set around a spacious courtyard, the hotel is on a quiet street near art galleries, trendy restaurants, and designer boutiques; close to Republique neighbourhood, Place des Vosges and 400 meters from the Picasso Museum.
Located in Paris City Centre, this residence is steps from Les Halles and Forum des Halles. Museum Georges Pompidou and Pont Neuf are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville, Centre Pompidou, and Forum des Halles. Notre Dame Cathedral and Place de la Bastille are also within 1 mi (2 km).