Arab World Institute

The Arab World Institute is an important cultural hub that fosters dialogue and understanding between the Arab world and France.  Striking, 10-story building with latticed windows, housing Islamic cultural exhibitions, plus cafe. The Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe or IMA) is a cultural institution located in Paris, France, dedicated to the Arab world. Here are some key points about the Arab World Institute:

The Arab World Institute is situated in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, near the Seine River. The address is 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris.
The institute’s building is known for its striking and innovative architecture. It was designed by architect Jean Nouvel and completed in 1987. The facade features a unique system of photo-sensitive mechanical apertures that regulate the amount of light entering the building, drawing inspiration from traditional Arabic latticework.

The Arab World Institute aims to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arab world’s cultural heritage, history, and contemporary contributions. It serves as a platform for cultural exchange between the Arab world and France. The institute organizes exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs that highlight various aspects of Arab culture, including art, literature, music, and history. The Arab World Institute houses a specialized library and resource center that provides access to a wide range of materials related to the Arab world, including books, periodicals, and multimedia resources.

The institute has a cinema that screens films from the Arab world, contributing to the promotion of Arab cinema in France. The top floor of the Arab World Institute features a restaurant with panoramic views of Paris, offering visitors a unique dining experience. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the institute has permanent collections that showcase artifacts, artworks, and displays related to the Arab world’s cultural heritage.

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  • Saturday10:00 - 19:00
  • Sunday10:00 - 19:00
  • Tuesday10:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday10:00 - 18:00
  • Friday10:00 - 18:00
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