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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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Bremerton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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Longwarry, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

As well as being a beautiful building, with interesting architecture, there is a great view of the River Seine and its islands from the rooftop. There is a little cafe on the roof, where you can drink a cup of mint tea while looking at the view of the river. The address of this building is 1 Rue des Fossés... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Institut du Monde Arabe is located near the banks of the Seine in the 5th arrondissement, the museum is designed for visitors to discover the diversity of the Arab world. The exterior of the building is a collection of 240 shutters which were designed to open and close to let in or block out the sun, it was designed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The institute is located at the end of Boulevard Germain in the 5th arrondissement, in front of the river Seine. The building has been designed by a group of architects including Jean Nouvel and Architecture-Studio3. They aimed at creating a stylises of Arabic and Western cultures. The institute is supported by a foundation created by the French State and many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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Bremerton, Washington
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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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Scottsdale, AZ
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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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Address: Address: 1, Rue des Fosses-Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 38 38
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Quartier Latin
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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