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Museum Georges Pompidou

Here’s where you’ll find the second-largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, with masterpieces from all over the globe.

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.


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Hôtel le 17

Hôtel le 17

17 Boulevard de magenta, Paris
2.9
of 5, from 55 reviews
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Located in 10th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alhambra Theatre Music Hall, Picasso Museum, and Museum Georges Pompidou. Forum des Halles and Place des Vosges are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$189
Novotel Paris Les Halles

Novotel Paris Les Halles

8 Place Marguerite De Navarre, Paris
4.2
of 5, from 1,227 reviews
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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.

$188
Citadines Les Halles Paris

Citadines Les Halles Paris

4 Rue Des Innocents, Paris
4.1
of 5, from 743 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 1st Arrondissement, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Forum des Halles, Museum Georges Pompidou, and Sainte Chapelle. Notre Dame Cathedral and Pont Neuf are also within 15 minutes.

$119
Les Jardins du Marais

Les Jardins du Marais

74 Rue Amelot, Paris
3.9
of 5, from 1,028 reviews
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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.

$79
Hôtel Picardy

Hôtel Picardy

9 rue de Dunkerque, Paris
2.0
of 5, from 54 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in 10th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Folies Bergere, Galeries Lafayette, and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Moulin Rouge and Parc des Buttes Chaumont are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$176
Hotel Georgette

Hotel Georgette

36 Rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris
4.6
of 5, from 159 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Centre Pompidou and Museum Georges Pompidou. Forum des Halles and Picasso Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$228
Hotel Duo

Hotel Duo

11 rue du temple, Paris
4.2
of 5, from 63 reviews
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Located in 4th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville, Centre Pompidou, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Forum des Halles and Place de la Bastille are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$93
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris

38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris
4.4
of 5, from 217 reviews
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Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Pont Neuf. Sorbonne University and Pantheon are also within 15 minutes.