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Museum of the Arab World

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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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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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This has a really well put together exhibition about the history of gardens and water use originating in the Arab world. Well worth visiting including going to ninth floor for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has a really well put together exhibition about the history of gardens and water use originating in the Arab world. Well worth visiting including going to ninth floor for great views of Paris. Meredith

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is always something interesting happening at the Institut du Monde Arabe. The curators are usually excellent and able to surprise the visitors which I love. The library is very well stocked with books dealing with Middle Eastern subject matters, the Noura café provide mint tea and Lebanese sweets.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Amazing museum. The jardin exposition was really busy, but definitely worth it. The only downside was the lack of English text at the permanent collection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I came to this place for the second time in the last six months. The first time the Institute hosted an exhibition of Egypt ancient treasures recovered from under the sea in Alexandria . This was well displayed and showed a unique collection, Lately, I visited the expo "Les jardins d'Orient". The theme was well chosen and the exhibition was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

While not the largest of museums, this is a gem! They have done a very good job covering the Arab world from the birth of three major religions, and covering music, society and education. To fully enjoy at a reasonable pace, allow 2 hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

A beautiful view from the top floor terrace An interesting opportunity to meet another civilization, an interesting library, temporary exhibitions and show, the place opened in 1987 was conceived and designed to improve diplomatic relations avce Arab countries (and this is certainly a factor that position also perspective).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

I always wanted to visit this centre after seeing a picture of it in National Geographic in 1988. It was one of the grand projects that Were building for the bicentennial of the French Revolution. The building didn't disappoint. The museum itself gives a great insight into Islam across numerous floors as you snake from top to bottom.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

I only visited the permanent exhibitions and, in general terms, I felt underwhelmed. Maybe my expectations were too high, but for such a rich and historically important culture they should be. The building itself, that's supposed to be reason alone to visit the museum, looked neglected. The only thing that thrilled me was the panoramic terrace, which afforded great views... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

As most museum in Paris this one is quite inspiring, but they went an extra mile with the Osiris exhibition. It was quite small and cosy, but the lights, the music and the exhibition items were just spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

The building of the Museum of the Arab World is enough reason to go and visit. A huge glass building with Arabic style windows houses the institute, which is informative, interesting and refreshing. I loved this museum, and would like to especially point out the exhibition that is going on right now on the -1 floor, 'Coexist', which I found... More 

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