Institut du Monde Arabe

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Institut du Monde Arabe information

Paris , France
1 place Mohammed V, 5e
Getting there
Metro: Jussieu
More information
adult/child €8/4
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Thu, to 9.30pm Fri, to 7pm Sat & Sun
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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 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 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.