I'd like to know whether the museums in Paris, say the Pompidou, should be booked in advance in order to skip the long queues?
Definitively yes, e.g., on FNAC Tickets site.
Type for instance Louvre in the search box, and you get the link to book a ticket for the Louvre Museum.
Alternatively, once in Paris, you can go to any FNAC store and buy a ticket for the Louvre, without the long queue in front of the museum.
So booking in advance definitely seems to have benefits.. An example below for Paris pass
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Save time as you skip the long queues, and save money with free entry to over 60 Paris sights and attractions. With your Paris Pass, there is no need to use cash, simply show your pass for fast entry. Choose from a two, four or six day pass.
Paris Pass includes:
A free map of Paris Hop-on hop-off tour (Two days until 31 March 2014, one day from 1 April 2014) Free entry to over 60 sights and attractions Additional special offers and benefits at selected restaurants and shops Free use of public transport within Paris Zones 1 - 3 (Metro and public buses) for the validity of your pass Skip the queues with fast-track entry at many of the major sights, including the Louvre, Pantheon, Arc de Triomphe, Muse d'Orsay, Centre Pompidou and many more!