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The Pompidou center houses the Musee National d'Art Modern, the city's modern art collection. Situated in the Beaubourg district, the building itself is a site to marvel. Built to maximize interior space, all of the air conditioning ducts, elevators and escalators are on the outside of the building and painted in primary colors. Rotated annually according to different themes, the collection housed inside spans the period between1905 to the present, with many contemporary disciplines and artists represented in its permanent collection. Dadism, Surrealism, Abstraction, Expressionism and the School of Paris are all represented among others.
Outside is the Piazza Beaubourg, a popular locale for street performers and other entertainment. Adjacent to the building on the south side is the Place Igor Stravinsky with its gazing pool filled with modern sculptures and created by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely.
The Pompidou center is especially wonderful to visit during the warmer months of the year simply for the outdoor entertainment. The street performers and gazing pool make it a great place to stop and relax during your Paris tour to take the city in.
The Pompidou center is open Wednesday through Monday 11:00am-9:00pm. Regular admission is usually 10 Euros.