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Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe)
Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe)

Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe)

1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, France, 75005

The basics

The building itself is noteworthy, as the intricate latticework on the building’s southern exterior was inspired by a traditional Moorish screen. The museum regularly hosts large temporary exhibitions, with past topics such as contemporary Moroccan art, silks of al-Andalus, and hip-hop in the Bronx Arab streets. Numerous museum and sightseeing combo passes include admission to the institute and are a great way to save money if you plan to visit multiple attractions.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Arab World Institute is a must-visit for those interested in world cultures and art.
  • Before you leave, head up to the 9th-floor observation terrace for panoramic views over Paris.
  • The institute is wheelchair-accessible and wheelchair users get free access.
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How to get there

The Arab World Institute is situated right on the Seine River, just across from the Île Saint-Louis. There are plenty of buses that serve the area, while the nearest metro stops are Jussieu (Line 7) and Cardinal Lemoine (Line 10), and the Big Bus Tours hop-on hop-off sightseeing busses stop nearby.

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When to get there

The museum is open every day of the week except Monday, though the ticket desk closes 45 minutes before closing time, and the gift shop closes about 15 minutes before the museum does. The on-site restaurant, Le Zyriab, stays open until late at night. If you want to avoid crowds, your best bet is to come on a weekday morning.

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Arab Culture in Paris

Paris has a large population of people from (or with ancestry in) the Arab world, and those interested in Arab culture will find plenty to see and do here. The museum’s Center for Language and Civilization offers Arabic classes for both children and adults. The Mosque of Paris nearby is also worth a visit; there’s even a hammam (Turkish bath) right on-site.

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