Rising up across from the southeastern edge of the Ile Saint-Louis, the Arab World Institute’s imposing facade of glass and steel
Inside the Institut du Monde Arabe, the museography draws connections between works and objects from fields that are rarely associated: antique and medieval archaeology, craftsmanship, ethnography, contemporary art. The itinerary extends over four floors of the building, starting at the 7th floor and working its way down to the 4th, exploring five different themes: The Emergence of an Identity; From Gods to One God; A Stroll Through an Arab City; The Expression of Beauty; The Body, the Self
In addition to the permanent collection pieces, the art and culture institute also features frequent temporary exhibitions as well as shows, concerts, and special events. There’s also a vast bookshop dedicated to Arab literature and culture that’s worth the visit.
If you need a little caffeine or perhaps a bite to eat before or after exploring the exhibitions, the institute has three restaurants where you can enjoy Arab cuisine. On the ground floor, the Café Littéraire is the place for a simple tea, coffee, or snack.
The roof of the Arab World Institute offers one of the best vantage points in all of Paris, giving you a panoramic view of the rear of Notre Dame, the Ile Saint-Louis, Le Marais, and the river Seine. Open Tuesday – Sunday from
Tickets to the museum start at 8€ for adults, with prices subject to change depending on the temporary exhibitions. Last entry 45 minutes before closing time.