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.
- Arts décoratifs
- Objets d'art
Services and facilities of the establishment
- Educational activities
- Gift shop
- Member of the Paris Museum Pass
- Visitor tools
Documentation in a foreign language
Educational activitiesCalligraphy 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.
RestaurantThe Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) has three dining options. The restaurant, 'Le Zyriab', is open for lunch from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm, for tea from 3pm to 6pm and for dinner from 7.30pm to midnight. The restaurant is on the ninth floor (tel. +33 (0) 1 55 42 55 42). IMA's self-service snack bar, also on the ninth floor, is open from 11am to 3.30pm Tuesday to Sunday. The 'Café Littéraire' on the ground floor is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7.30pm (9pm on Friday). The menus of all three restaurants are available on the IMA website : www.imarabe.org/preparer-ma-visite/restaurants.
Prices and times
Entrance fees and modalities
Temporary exhibitions : €12
Group tourBook on +33 (0)1 40 51 38 45 or +33 (0)1 40 51 39 54 from Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm.
Free for young people and children-Under 26s from the EU -Under 18s
Methods of payment
- 1 January
- Ascension Day
- 8 May
- 14 July
- 15 August
- 1 November
- 11 November
- 25 December
Voir la carte
Institut du monde arabe
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
Subway - Jussieu
RER - Gare d'Austerlitz
Bus - 24, 63, 67, 86, 87, 89
Offer adapted to disabled visitors
- Loan of wheelchairs
- Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof