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1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Place Mohamed V, 75005 Paris
Opening time: 
Tue-Thu 10am-6pm; Fri till 9:30pm; Sat-Su & Bank Holidays 10am-7pm

The Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute), one of Paris' must-see attractions, is a fascinating multidisciplinary cultural center and museum dedicated to the Arab World.

The Institut is entirely dedicated to spreading information about the Arab world's cultural richness and to promote the long-established connection between France and Arab Nations in the areas of art, sciences and modern technologies.

It houses a museum, library, bookshop, café, panoramic restaurant, crafts market and tea room. The Institut du Monde Arabe museum is home to over 600 permanent pieces and temporary collections offering a unique cultural insight into the different aspects of Arab Islamic art in calligraphy, decorative arts, architecture and photography.

The exquisite library is a free open door into the Arab World's religion, philosophy, politics and every day life.

The building alone is worth the visit! Inaugurated in 1987 by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, the nine floors of glass and steel form a fascinating blend between traditional arab elements and western influences. The on-site Moroccan restaurant offers a panoramic view on Notre-Dame, l'Ile de la Cité and Sacré-Coeur, a perfect place where to finish the day.

Entrance Fee:

  • Full €6
  • -26ans €4
  • Unemployed €5
  • Kids-12 Free
  • Exhibitions €8-€10

How to get there:

  • Metro stations: Jussieu / Cardinal Lemoine
  • RER stations: Gare d'Austerlitz / St-Michel Notre-Dame
  • Velib' stations: Pont de Sully Rive Gauche /Pontoise
  • Taxi station: Pont de la Tournelle

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