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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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Went there for the architecture, stayed for the view

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Stockholm, Sweden
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

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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londres
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

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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Szczecin, Poland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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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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Tucson, Arizona
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Munich, Germany
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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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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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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.