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Museum of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arabe)

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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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Description: 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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Varied Impressions After Three Visits.

We have been on three occasions to the Institut du Monde Arabe. On the first, about a few months after the opening in 1987 there was still not a lot to see. The building itself is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We have been on three occasions to the Institut du Monde Arabe. On the first, about a few months after the opening in 1987 there was still not a lot to see. The building itself is impressive but we felt the exhibits were a work in progress and in time this would become of the best showcases for Arab culture... More 

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Munich, Germany
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite spots in Paris even though I have never stepped inside this building. I always want to but then I just stand in front of the building and gaze at this beautiful and unique facade. It is fascinating to watch the facade change because it consists of numerous camera lenses that all form together Arabian patterns. Just... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went to see Oum in the auditorium and it was fantastic. The facilities are first rate, seating soooo comfortable, seating tiers perfect and the sound spot on. As for the concert itself, I cannot recommend seeing Oum highly enough, she is a real talent!

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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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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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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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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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The Latin Quarter bursts with intellectual life, architectural splendor and ongoing merriment. The small streets are filled with classical buildings, student bars and lively eateries while the squares are dominated by historic monuments. The area is defined by the 800-year-old Sorbonne University, where Latin once prevailed, and is famous for the Pantheon which celebrates the great men and women of France. During the day students rush from classes to the library and intellectuals people watch from the terraced cafés. As night time falls the surrounding establishments fill up and the merriment really begins. The liveliest parts are around Rue Mouffetard, lined with crêperies and international street food eateries, and Place de la Contrescarpe characterised by terraced brasseries, this neighborhood provides real nourishment for the mind, belly, and soul.