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Museum of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arabe)

Address: 1, Rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 38 38
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Ranked #169 of 627 Attractions in Paris
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Owner description: This museum houses a selection of exhibits and artifacts representing the Arab world of today and...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: This museum houses a selection of exhibits and artifacts representing the Arab world of today and of centuries past.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Your eyes will be immediately caught by this magnificent building: the "Institut du Monde Arabe"! It opened its doors in Paris' "5éme Arrondissement" in 1987, as an initiative of the governments of France and of 22 arab countries, in an attempt to promote the arab contemporary culture. The modernist building was conceived by famous architects Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lezenes, Pierre... More 

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千葉県
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152 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The museum was a big buidling and I walked through floors. Things were displayed in wide space. I get used to museums to display a lot of things in a small space. So I got impression that this museum had less things comparing the wide space. When I visited, there was special exhibition and I entered it with additional charge.... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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58 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We visited the Institut du Monde Arabe because we noticed there was a major exhibition there of Moroccan art. The exhibition was like the curate's egg, with some work inspiriational, especially the small room containing orange lamps and static music, but plenty of it left us rather cold and bored. The building itself we found too grey and metallic -... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A museum focused on the Arab world (housed in a marvelous building on the banks of the Seine) is a great idea and the reality almost achieves these goals. But for an English-speaking visitor, the lack of structure and explanations makes following the exhibits a little difficult. The main exhibits are located up elevators while the temporary (and popular Marocco... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I completely love it. I got in for free for the museum since I'm young (23 yrs old). As an Arab, it was very astonishing how well the museum is made. Taking the visitors on a journey of the very old Arab culture, and solely to include religious and various beliefs in that area. It's a 3 floor museum that... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A hidden gem just a short walk from Notre Dame. The building is amazing with one elevation a series of lens which keep the building from overheating. Free entry to the roof top terrace. While we were there a huge tent had been set up in the plaza outside which housed arabic food and rugs/shoes and other souveniers. Well worth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This place is a truly amazing attraction, bursting with fine artefacts charting the history of the Arab world from inception to present day. The building is also beautiful and in a nice location -- combine it with a trip to the town hall and a walk across the Seine. I wish there was a little more information on the artefacts,... More 

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Amboise, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Great exhibition of Arab, Jewish and Christian art from Sumerian and Sabbatean origins down to the present day. The synthesis of 'The People of the Book' is very rewarding in a period of growing religious intolerance. Most obviously this tolerance is revealed in the art of Andalusia from the 13-14th Centuries when Jewish, Christian and Islamic art existed side-by-side, and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I was in Paris over New Year and had the Museum Pass. Most attractions are closed on Jan 1st but this place was open. It is impressive architecturally and that is before you have checked out the exhibits inside. You have to pass through airport style security as you enter. You can take photos of the building but not of... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Having seen all the major sights in Paris on previous trips, I decided to try the Arab Museum as it was near to where I was visiting for work. There were a lot of archaeological items in the main museum, but almost no English language signage nor were there any listening guides or booklets to buy. Same with the Orient... More 

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