The famous Centre Pompidou in Paris will close its doors for renovation work at the end of 2025 and is scheduled to reopen in 2030, French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak announced on Wednesday.
The renovation includes modernising the building and removing asbestos on façades and ceilings. Fire safety measures will also be taken, as will improvements in energy optimisation and accessibility for people with reduced mobility. The relocation and partial closure will start as early as autumn 2024.
Inaugurated in 1977, the Centre Pompidou is one of the world’s leading museums for modern and contemporary art. Since its opening, it has received about 300 million visitors, Malak stated during the press conference.
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Renovation work was originally planned between 2023 and 2027 but was postponed due to the 2024 Olympics. The total cost of the work was estimated at some €262 million when it was announced in 2021.