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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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Very interesting place

It is a very nice place with lots of interesting things to see. We saw lots of beautiful artefacts from the arab world.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Port Louis

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great museum, fantastic displays and layouts. Architecture of building is superb as well. Display cases allow you to see back of display pieces which is a nice touch!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It is a very nice place with lots of interesting things to see. We saw lots of beautiful artefacts from the arab world.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Bypass the lobby cafe for the rooftop one.The museum floors are interesting,but displays need upgrading. Poor lighting..Quality bookstore and items.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

After countless visits to Paris I finally went to see this building. The south curtain wall not only looks stunning but is a work of amazing technical brilliance, a series of glass panels with computer controlled mechancial iris diaphragms that open and close per the brightness of the outside light. (Unfortunately the system apparently has its glitches.) Once inside its... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Beautiful building with amazing windows that close and open by themselves depending on the sun! The museum of Arab art on the inside houses beautiful artwork and manuscripts from the Arab world. While the lady selling us tickets to the museum was very rude and insulting to us for being “tourists”, we still enjoyed the museum. Make sure you go... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I am not a traveller that take guides....but in this case it was very interesting to do it with guide....Take the guided tour!

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I don't recall how we got there but it was far and away from the nicer parts of town. The museum doesn't offer a lot to see and is all very similar for what there was. I do not recommend it.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A great piece of modern architecture. Outside covering is very interesting. One should spend sometime in the building just to see the motion of shadows through the outside covering. The terrace on the ninth floor have a magnificent view. You should visit

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Pismo Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The museum itself is not well set up or very interesting. It's a shame because it could be really informative and a meaningful experience to learn more about the Arab world. There are two reasons to stop there: 1) The building itself, with metal "tiles" that resemble a moorish screen, but open and close to let in sunlight. Go inside... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Very disappointed with the museum, the (very few) pieces hosted were not well explained or curated well. The only text describing the pieces was light orange color against transparent glass, totally unreadable! Staff was unhelpful and had a sour attitude when asked questions. No wonder the museum was empty. Avoid!!! PS: the only saving grace was the restaurant which served... More 

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