100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Centre Georges Pompidou

Location: Paris

2013 Exhibitions: Dali (November 21 - March 25), Snap - History of the Atelier Brancusi (November 21 - June 17), Passion Fruit (October 17 - September 2)

Conceived around 1970 as a site that would fuse contemporary art, music, and books, the Centre Georges Pompidou is worth the visit, even if you only see the outside. The building represents an early design by architect Renzo Piano, who turned the model of a traditional museum inside out—literally. Escalators, electrical wiring, and pipelines are all visible and color-coded on the exterior. This innovative spectacle is matched in the galleries, which include the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.

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