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Museum of the Arab World

#135 of 1,056 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
Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 38 38
10:00 - 18:00
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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 bubblesReviewed 4 August 2016
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

In addition to the extensive regular exhibits, they had a special exhibit on gardens of the Arab world and how they become of precursors of our public parks.I didn't know much about the Arab world and there was lots of basic history, costume, jewelry and more. Took much longer to go through than I expected and I learned a lot.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

It was a very disappointing visit. 'Garden' exhibit was just photos and some video of gardens. The description at the entrance to this section described how they were trying to recreate the atmosphere of the Taj Mahal gardens.... Well, having been there I have to say they failed miserably. The price at 15 euro for a full pass to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 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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