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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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Use this location to get terrific and unique views of Paris and Notre Dame

Please read any other review for information on the museum inside the Arab Institute, this review is only about its great roof location. In Paris you just can't get back far... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I’m ashamed to say that until this month ago I’d never seen the incredible view of Paris from the Institut du Monde Arabe. It is (and I can now attest to this) literally one of the most interesting views of Paris. The terrace of the Institut is slightly elevated (9 floors) so you get a unique view but not so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Please read any other review for information on the museum inside the Arab Institute, this review is only about its great roof location. In Paris you just can't get back far enough from the major sites based on the way the City was built to take good photographs or observe it's architecture. However, go to the top of this building... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful impression of Muslim craft and culture from a visit last October to Istanbul. We had hoped to gain a much broader view of Islamic culture in different Arab countries at the museum. We didn't. There were few artifacts and nothing of note. There were many screens for projecting images of life and culture,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Not fully open of Friday, the institute nevertheless provided a nice experience with its rooftop cafe, restaurant and view points; we enjoyed the traditional mint tea while overlooking Paris. It is easily walkable from Notre Dame. Wish we could have explored the exhibits and the souk - another time perhaps. For architecture buffs: the Institute was designed by Jean Novel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The architecture is worth a visit and the museums exhibition is pretty interesting, but the best part of the visit was the rooftop terrace. The view of the city was pretty great from up there.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

As a knowledgeable person of the Arab world, fluent in Arabic culture and history, I found it very, repeat very disappointing especially the writing of the displays in grey colour which was adversely affected by the light. Trully a shame to the rich Arab culture and history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I am not much into arabic culture, but the exhibition from the institute was delightfull and easy. Even people with no interest or knowledge in the area can enjoy it. The temporary exhibition about Desdemona is very vivid. And if you visit the place, do not miss the view from the roof-top. It is wow!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Arab World Institute is one of the most beautiful contemporary buildings in Paris. Architect Jean Nouvel overcame a problematic building site, creating a structure that has won awards since opening in 1987. Its South wall contains 240 apertures that operate like the iris of the eye. They open and close, depending on the sun's rays, controlling heat and light... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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