Institut du Monde Arabe
Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air
Along quai St-Bernard, this open-air sculpture museum (also known as the Jardin Tino Rossi) has more than 50 late-20th-century unfenced...
Église St-Louis en l’Île
The French baroque Église St-Louis en l’Île was built between 1664 and 1726.
La Charlotte de l’Isle
This tiny place is a particularly lovely salon de thé (tearoom) with a quaint fairy-tale theme, old-fashioned glass sweet jars on the...
Le Baba Bourgeois
In a former architect’s studio with a 1970s Italian designer interior, ‘le BB’ opens to a superb Seine-side pavement terrace facing...
Institut du Monde Arabe information
Lonely Planet review
The Arab World Institute was jointly founded by France and 18 Middle Eastern and North African nations in 1980, with the aim of promoting cross-cultural dialogue. In addition to hosting concerts, film screenings and a research centre, the stunning landmark is also home to a new museum and temporary exhibition space.
You certainly can't miss the building: architect Jean Nouvel took his inspiration from traditional latticed-wood windows, creating thousands of modern mashrabiya, photo-electrically sensitive apertures built into the glass walls that regulate the amount of light that enters the interior.
The overhauled museum (7th to 4th floors) introduces elements from disparate time periods and cultures, focusing on art, artisanship and science from both the Middle East and North Africa. You'll find everything from pre-Islamic ceramics to ancient astronomical instruments, and regional music displays to Arabic calligraphy.
Don't miss the incredible views from the top (9th) floor observation terrace.