Institut du Monde Arabe

Top choice museum in Latin Quarter

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. It hosts temporary exhibitions and a fascinating museum of Arabic culture and history (4th to 7th floors). The stunning building, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, was inspired by latticed-wood windows (mashrabiya) traditional to Arabic architecture: thousands of modern-day photoelectrically sensitive apertures cover its sparkling glass façade.

The institute also hosts concerts and film screenings, always with an Arabic theme, and operates as a library and research centre.

Don't miss the incredible views from the top (9th)-floor roof terrace (open 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday). Better still, indulge in afternoon tea or dinner with a view of Paris laid out at your feet in the institute's 9th-floor Lebanese restaurant and salon de thé, Le Zyriab by Noura.


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