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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 Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within 10 minutes. Saint-Michel Station and Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Center, this romantic hotel is steps from Theatre du Chatelet, Les Halles, and Rue de Rivoli. Conciergerie and Ile de la Cite are also within 5 minutes. Chatelet Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pont Neuf Station is 4 minutes.
This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Forum des Halles, Les Halles, and Rue de Rivoli. Centre Pompidou and Hotel de Ville are also within 10 minutes. Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station and Les Halles Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is steps from Forum des Halles and Les Halles. Centre Pompidou and Rue de Rivoli are also within 5 minutes. Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station is only a 2-minute walk and Les Halles Station is 3 minutes.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville, Centre Pompidou, and Notre-Dame. Forum des Halles and Place de la Bastille are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hôtel de Ville Metro Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chatelet Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grands Boulevards and Les Halles. Centre Pompidou and Grevin Museum are also within 15 minutes. Reaumur - Sebastopol Station and Strasbourg - Saint-Denis Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grands Boulevards and Folies Bergere. Grevin Museum and Galeries Lafayette are also within 10 minutes. Le Peletier Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cadet Station is 3 minutes.
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