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Museum of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arabe)

1 Rue des Fosses St.-Bernard | 5th arrondissement, 75236 Paris, France
0033 1 40 51 38 38
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Ranked #193 of 795 Attractions in Paris
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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103 reviews 103 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

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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27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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Cairo, Egypt
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I liked this place so much , it is very interesting I considered it a window on the arabic & islamic culture . inaugurated in 1987 , located at Quai Saint Bernard and designed by the French architect , Jean Nouvel I enjoyed visiting the islamic musuem inside this Institute , as well as the library , the audiovisual rooms... More

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I make a point of visiting here every time I visit Paris. there is always an interesting or challenging exhibition of a high calibre, often with a post colonial theme - you have to pay an entry fee for these. there is a permanent exhibition of arabist material for free on the top floors. the cafes serve mint tea and... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

If you have some spare time when in Paris, drop by at the INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE. If you have fantasies about travelling aboard the Orient Express, this is the place you should visit! The Orient Express exhibition is waiting for you - till the 31st of august 14 - don't miss the start - a great looking old-timer loco... More

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