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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 #181 of 762 Attractions in Paris
Type: Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Dining
Traveler Description: “L'Institut du Monde Arabe” is a place of culture created and designed to bring to the general public more knowledge and a greater understanding of... more »
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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100 reviews 100 reviews
23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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62 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Paris, France
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This splendid institution - established in 1980 by France in partnership with 18 Arab countries – aims to do research and to give information on the cultural and spiritual values of the Arab world. Located at one end of the iconic Boulevard du St. Germain-des-Près, the building – that won an architectural prize and noted for the innovative use of... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Museum of the Arab World tries to provide the Western viewer with a glimpse into a different world - and succeeds. Also, don't miss the rooftop terrace.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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171 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There is still time to see this wonderful exhibition "Once upon a time the Orient Express" about the history of the Orient Express and the Wagons-Lits, the company that started these journeys. The exhibition is being held in Paris at the Museum of Arab World. It started in April and it will finish on 31 August/2014. It´s an incredible journey... More

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My sister and i stopped here to try their ice cream. We heard they had exotic flavors, and boy were we pleased! We tried clotted cream, pistachio, rosewater, date, and fig. There was also a lovely mint tea my sister tried. Tres bon! Don't miss out on stopping here for a sweet treat, then step out onto their patio area... More

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Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
38 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The architecture by Jean Nouvel is most interesting, the transparency within the building and most specially the window system. The windows are like camera apertures, they open when dark and close when bright. When in Paris I always check the exhibitions on offer, there is always something to explore. The bookstore is well stocked in Arab writers mostly in French... More

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SE USA
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43 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went to see the Orient Express exhibit. We had about 30 minutes before seeing the train cars so we ventured into the indoor portion of the exhibit. There were some very interesting things there but everything was in French (NO English) so we missed a lot. The train cars are nicely done. It took a while for the 5 p.m.... More

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