Walking around The Centre Pompidou

Centre-Pompidou

You’ll find fabulous modern art and exhibitions especially for kids in one of the most exciting buildings in Paris.

The centre Pompidou (1) looks a bit like an alien spaceship that has landed in the heart of historic Paris. Kids will love the building itself with its colorful tubes and pipes, and the escalator ride up the outside of the building is always a winner. Stop at level 4 for the Musée National d’Art Moderne to experience art made after 1960 : video art, installations, and the awesome silence of Beuys’s feltcovered room and grand piano. On level 5, art from 1905 to the 1950s includes colorful paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, and Miro that will appeal to kids. View the temporary exhibits on level 6 and pause at the futuristic restaurant Georges. Meals are pricey, but have an afternoon drink sitting inside one of its wacky silver globs or on the roof terrace. On your way down, visit the Printemps Design shop on the mezzanine for modern souvenirs ranging from furniture to baby bottles. On level 0, the Galerie des Enfants offers imaginative temporary exhibits for children, and the cinema on level 1 screens children’s movies (most in French, some silent) on Wednesday afternoon. Back outside, check out Atelier Brancusi (2, place Georges Pompidou) cluttered with sculpted columns, tools, and the artist’s bed, exactly as it was when Brancusi worked there. And kids will love the whimsical Stravinsky Fountain (3), with its colorful, whirling, water-spouting forms. Try to be on the north side of the piazza when the hour strikes to watch the dragon come to life on the Quartier de l’Horloge mechanical Clock (4).

Metro Station : Hôtel de Ville (line 1, 11), Rambuteau (line 11)