Beaubourg Pompidou Center
The Centre Pompidou was the brainchild of President Georges Pompidou, who wanted to create an original cultural institution in the heart of Paris, focused on modern and contemporary creation.
Housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, whose architecture symbolises the spirit of the 20th century, the Centre Pompidou first opened its doors to the public in 1977. After renovation work from 1997 to December 1999, it reopened to the public again on 1 January 2000, with expanded museum space and enhanced reception areas.
The centre houses the Bibliothèque Publique d'Information, a vast public library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research.