The controversial industrial facade of the Centre Pompidou in Paris houses one of Europe’s best collections of contemporary and modern art within its Lego-like walls. Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in 1977, the building’s architecture became famous for its color-coded innards displayed on the outside: green water pipes, yellow electric wiring and blue air ducts.
The building’s main attraction is the Musée National d’Art Moderne, housed on the fourth and fifth floors, where a sampling of the 100,000-piece collection from 1905 onward hangs on display. The first two floors house the Bibliotheque Publique d’Information, and the upper floor of the building contains galleries and temporary exhibition space. The views from the rooftop are also worth a visit, as are the two cinemas and theater in the basement.
Museum entrance is free on the first Sunday of every month.