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Institut du Monde Arabe

#137 of 1,105 things to do in Paris
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Quartier Latin
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Address: 1 rue des Fosses Saint Bernard, 75005 Paris, France
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+33 1 40 51 38 38
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

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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The museum tells the story of the Arabs and their influence on the Middle East, North Africa and the East Cost of Africa. It treats the three major religions that arose in the... read more

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum tells the story of the Arabs and their influence on the Middle East, North Africa and the East Cost of Africa. It treats the three major religions that arose in the area, its arts and life style. Well laid out on four floors, with elevators available for those in need. Most of the explanations were in French, and... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

when i went there it had a really welcoming aura and it was really good, the food was just ...delicious!, and the waiters were all so useful and kind . i really recomend this place because really it's one of the best place i've ever went to. i also recomend to bring a camera because there are plenty of things... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reason to go is for the view from the ninth floor terrace. Personally, I don't think the view is special enough to be worth the detour. For good Paris views, I recommend Sacre Coeur and/or the Arc de Triomphe.

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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Arab Institute is a large building on the left bank of the Seine, adjacent to Pierre and Marie Currie University. It was designed to research and disseminate information about the Arab world and its cultural and spiritual values. It appears to be an ordinary looking block building but what makes it extra-ordinary is that behind a glass wall, a... More 

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Reviewed 24 March 2017

One of Paris' best views is from the roof of the Institut. One has a perfect view of Ile St. Louis and Ile de Cite. Great tea salon is also on the roof. Inside there are often excellent exhibits on art, history, and culture. This place is a gem.

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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Up on the 9th floor is a very highly regarded restaurant and a fantastic outdoor viewing area. You get a terrific view of Notre Dame, the Island and the Seine. The museum is interesting and the is a good gift shop.

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

The windows which cover the building are fascinating. They are designed like tile motifs of northern Africa but made of metal and spiral open and shut to the degree required by the sun. Special exhibits are always available. When I visited a full-sized ship like Marco Polo would have used heralded a exhibit of the voyage through the Middle East... More 

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is the first time we saw the permanent exhibit in unusual space that was quite stunning. Through beautiful objects, clothing, ceramics, jewelry, weavings, rugs, books, so very well showcased so not to overwhelm we were guided through "a cradle of common heritage." That is the Arab and Hebrew traditions that had collective experiences that guided their craft and yet... More 

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Amboise, France
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

An excellent exhibition, which displays wonderful old maps and traces the amazing voyages of Al Idrîsî and Ibn Battûta; the latter who travelled the world for twenty-five years getting as far as China. The exhibition is concerned with exploration by sea, and there are superb astrolabes and other instruments of navigation. In addition one finds illustrations of monsters of the... More 

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Reviewed 8 February 2017

It tells the history of the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean trades and powers before the continent of North America was officially discovered. It shows how the Arabs contributed to the development of Maths, Astrology and Maritime Navigation , quite interesting and well done children can enjoy it too.

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