Institut du monde arabe

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard - 75005 Paris

Quartier Latin - 5e Arrondissement


A cultural bridge between France and the Arab world
The Arab World Institute was founded in 1987 by France and the states of the Arab League with the aim of disseminating and promoting all the facets of Arab culture. A place where people can meet and exchange ideas with others, the Institute has for the last 30 years contributed to the consolidation of the cultural, political, economic, and social links between France and the Arab world.

A richly diverse programme of exhibitions and events in a world famous building
Comprising a museum, temporary exhibition areas, an auditorium for hosting live performances, cinema screenings, and conferences, a multimedia library (‘médiathèque’), a language and culture centre (‘centre de langues et civilisations’), a bookshop, and prestigious reception areas, the AWI building was designed by Jean Nouvel and Architecture Studio. Located in the heart of historic Paris, it is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of contemporary architecture.

An essential role in an unprecedented international context
The AWI’s mission to promote a better understanding of the Arab world and foster Franco-Arab dialogue has become even more essential. Apart from providing an ambitious programme of artistic events, the Arab World Institute has strengthened its role as a ‘think tank’ on the contemporary Arab world and as a place where all the players — particularly the economic players — in France and the Arab world can meet and exchange ideas.


View of Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Ile de la Cité and the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation.

Architectural style

  • Contemporain


  • Archéologie
  • Arts décoratifs
  • Boiseries
  • Céramique
  • Objets d'art
  • Photographie
  • Sciences
  • Tapis
  • Techniques
  • Textiles
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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Member of the Paris Museum Pass
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor tools

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English
  • Arabic

Educational activities

Calligraphy workshops and tours for school children. Booking necessary for activities for schools and groups of children on +33 (0)1 40 51 38 45 or +33 (0)1 40 51 39 54.

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

€8 - Concessions: €6 (jobseekers, groups of 6 or more) or €4 (under 26s from outside the EU).
Temporary exhibitions : €12

Group tour

Book on +33 (0)1 40 51 38 45 or +33 (0)1 40 51 39 54 from Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm.


Under 26s from countries within the European Union, under 18s, those receiving French welfare benefits (RSA, artists, jobseekers), teachers on presentation of proof, 'Amis' of the IMA, Icom/Icomos card holders, the disabled, journalists, tour guides, under 12s, Arabic diplomatic card holders, French foreign affairs ministry and Bibliotheca Alexandrina workers.

Free for young people and children

-Under 26s from the EU -Under 18s

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Closing times


Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. The terrace is open fom 1pm to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Exceptional opening

  • 1 January
  • Easter
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November
  • 25 December

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Institut du monde arabe

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
75005 Paris

  • Subway - Jussieu
  • RER - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • Bus - 63, 67, 86, 87, 89

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Physical Physical

Access facilities

  • Loan of wheelchairs
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof

Accessibility information

Accessible to disabled people with some assistance. Entirely accessible to those with reduced mobility and recognized as such by the Délégation de Paris de l'Association des Paralysés de France (Parisian delegation of the French Association of Disabled People).

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Museum in the same district: Quartier Latin

Museum in the same arrondissement: 5th arrondissement

Museum in Paris and in the Paris Region: Museum

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