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Also known as Beaubourg, the Centre Pompidou, the modern art museum build in 1977 celebrates its 40th anniversary in February 2017.

While its exhibitions turn the heads of contemporary art fans in Paris, it is mostly famous for its excentric  and bold architecture, nested in the heart of a touristy and historic Le Marais district.

centre pompidou, by the tourist

Designed by Renzo Piano & Richard Rogers, the Centre Pompidou – the name of a former French President who launched the competition for a new cultural centre in 1971 these two designers suprisingly won – is made of glass walls and an outer skeleton in cast steel, in which the usually hidden or underplayed functions of buildings (staircases, escalators, ducting, cooling towers) are exposed.

In the next two years, Centre Pompidou is set to receive a 100M€ facelift.

For its 40th birthday, Beaubourg is Free on Saturday/Sunday, February the 4 & 5th, 2017.

Tons of animations are on the program as well in the neighborhood to celebrate this unusual museum. Check them on the official website.

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Where: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Metro: Rambuteau (Line 11)