Since Centre Pompidou opened in the late 1970’s, 150 million visitors have been to the Centre Pompidou, with an average of 3.5 to 3.8 million visitors per year. I can see why the Centre Pompidou would be so popular. In the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the building is striking. Designed by architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini, the building is infamous for the iconic escalator trailing up the facade of the museum. While a touristy cliche, a trip to Paris isn’t complete without going up the infamous escalator.
Making the most of still getting free entry as a young person, Centre Pompidou was high on my list of places to see. The atrium when entering is bright and airy, leading up to the vast collections (100,000 works!) of modern art housed on the many floors. While my art history knowledge is limited at best, names such as ‘Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Sonia et Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Vassily Kandinsky, František Kupka, André Breton, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet’ were incredible to see.