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Museum of the Arab World

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Address: 1, Rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 38 38
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This museum houses a selection of exhibits and artifacts representing...

This museum houses a selection of exhibits and artifacts representing the Arab world of today and of centuries past.

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Osiris: mysteres engloutis d'Egypte

This recent visit was, essentially, for the Osiris exhibition only. I explored the whole museum once, years ago, but now return only if the temporary exhibition is of interest to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago

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38 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Visited the Noura restaurant at the Arab Center and the staff were unfriendly and could not deliver the drink order. Instead, the waiter was at the back of the restaurant using a mobile telephone. Very disappointing for an expensive restaurant.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Museum provides an very basic Intro to Arab history and culture, I suppose it might be useful as a teaching tool for children. Or for adults who cannot find North Africa on a map and don't know that people traditionally rode camels there. However, the artifacts on displays are nothing special in artistic terms. Pretty ceramics and textiles - NOT... More 

Thank 10027
G'boro NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Orisis exhibition would have been very interesting if the space was larger and better organized. There were way to many people in the exhibitor rooms to get close to the smaller objects. It was a most frustrating exhibition.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This recent visit was, essentially, for the Osiris exhibition only. I explored the whole museum once, years ago, but now return only if the temporary exhibition is of interest to me plus a browse in the bookshop. Entry fee of 15.50 euros includes the use of an audio guide if desired. I noticed toilets at the entrance to the exhibition... More 

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Caen, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Beautiful artifacts which are very well displayed. Light often dimmed in the rooms but objects well and cleverly lit. Info about objects sometimes displayed low and, because or the lack of light, not always easy to read. The number of visitors ruined a lot of our pleasure. Some were incredibly inconsiderate and blocked the view of others. Every visitor gets... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We visited the permanent exhibit, not the new Osiris exhibit from Egypt. It looks like a lot of very investing items, but our limited French made it inaccessible. NOT expecting the whole world to speak English, just letting you know what to expect if you are as Anglo-centers as we.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

There are numerous exhibits over four floors, spread out sparsely in wide spaces, making the displays cool, quiet and airy. They are much more about daily life than religion, and range right across the Arab world – from Mauretania to Turkmenistan, Iran to Somalia – and include pre Islamic times. Exhibits are mostly of objects, not just text, and give... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Forget the Louvre Islamic wing, this is what I thrilled to. Most people love the building -- it had its moments -- but I found the contents spectacular and beautifully-presented. Sure, lovely cases and oodles of space make even the mundane seem like a treasure, but this was truly special. A broad range of items from a broad range of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Recently attended the exhibit of the Egyptian treasures which had been buried in the sea for thousands of years. Descriptions are very well done, in English and French. Everything is skilfully displayed and illumnatedwith very helpful text. Don't miss this!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

I loved the new Osiris exhibit. wE Had lunch at the rooftop restaurant and it was great. Good food and service. great view of Notre Dame, etc.

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