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Museum of the Arab World

#118 of 912 things to do in Paris
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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 the...

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

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Very nice, informative, clean, interersting, huge collection

We went on a Friday afternoon, not long after the massacres in the city, so it was very quiet. We did the tour of the 'fables', and it was very well done and interesting. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
misspurpleann
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Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels, Belgium
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a Friday afternoon, not long after the massacres in the city, so it was very quiet. We did the tour of the 'fables', and it was very well done and interesting. The museum is very big, very interesting, I will definitely be back for future exhibitions.

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Sydney, Australia
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518 reviews
327 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with a guide which is always better, so you get some background to this place.. Really interesting and the rooftop has an amazing view

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Madeira, Portugal
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Architecture design with a great relevance, Museum and an amazing Restaurant with a big terrace. Excellent experience!

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Zurich
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

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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75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

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 

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G'boro NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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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U.K.
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117 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

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 via mobile

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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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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