Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe) Tours
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Of France’s 62 million residents, it’s estimated that as many as 7 million of them have Arabic roots. In appreciation of this multiculturalism, France partnered with 22 Arabic nations to found the Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe) in Paris in 1980. Housed within a contemporary building designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum houses a collection of Arabic art, scientific objects, textiles and other items spanning thousands of years.
Spread across four floors, the newly renovated museum’s collection includes everything from pre-Islamic ceramics to modern Palestinian art. The building itself is noteworthy, as the intricate latticework on the building’s southern exterior was inspired by a traditional Moorish screen.
The museum regularly hosts large temporary exhibitions, with past topics such as contemporary Moroccan art, silks of al-Andalus and hip-hop in the Bronx Arab streets. The museum’s Center for Language and Civilization offers Arabic classes for both children and adults.
Before you leave, head up to the ninth floor observation terrace for panoramic views over Paris.
Address: 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris 75005, France
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe)
Gain admission to more than 60 top Paris attractions with the Paris Pass—a flexible sightseeing pass that lets you access the best the French capital has to offer, such as the Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy entrance to Parisian showstoppers like the Louvre Museum, and Centre Pompidou with the 2-, 3-, 4-, or 6-day pass. Make the most of a 1-day hop-on hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour, Bateaux Parisiens river cruise, and unlimited public transport with the included travelcard. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit.
Make the most of your time in Paris with a combination of a cruise on the Seine and a 3-course dinner. This 75-minute dinner cruise allows you to see the main attractions of the City of Lights while you enjoy a casual meal. Relax into a comfortable armchair facing one of the boat's windows, the better to take in the view, and watch sights like the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and Eiffel Tower drift by. Upgrade the experience to include wine or Champagne with dinner.
Glide by the famous sights of Paris on a relaxing sightseeing cruise down the Seine River. See treasured riverside monuments including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral from aboard a comfortable riverboat. Learn about the history of passing attractions through audio commentary, and upgrade to include your choice of French-inspired aperitifs and snacks.
Discover iconic attractions of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame at your own pace on a 1- or 2-day hop-on hop-off bus tour of the captivating French capital. Aboard a distinctive double-decker bus, admire the quaint cobbled streets of the Left Bank and the military splendor of Ecole Militaire. When an attraction captures your attention, hop off to explore further, and then simply hop back on when it’s convenient for you. Plus, this Paris hop-on hop-off bus tour also includes a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Louvre to use in the morning.
The Paris City Pass grants you entry to the best Parisian highlights as well as access to the most important activities. Make the most of your time in Paris and let the Pass take care of the practicalities for you. Pick your favorite sights from the huge selection and visit as many as you like. The Paris City Pass is valid for either 2, 3*, 4, 5* or 6 days. * Note for museum visits: The 3-day-pass includes the Paris Museum Pass for the free visit of over 50 museums for 48 h; the 5-day-pass the free visit for 96 h. Please plan your schedule of visits according. Bonus in 4-day-pass: you can use the public transport for free on an additional 5th day. Enjoy free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Paris, including the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, a boat trip along the Seine, and much more. At some of the attractions you'll be able to spend less time queuing, heading straight for the entrance instead.
See Paris from multiple perspectives with this intimate tour of Paris. Your guide will take you from your hotel to the River Seine, where you'll hop aboard a river cruise for an hour of sightseeing. You'll then head to the Eiffel Tower, where you'll skip the lines and head straight up to the second floor. Your last stop is historic Montmartre, where you'll get to wander old streets and take in Paris views from the iconic Sacré Coeur Basilica.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Embark on one of our cruise boats and discover all the secrets of Paris thanks to the expert knowledge of our guides. These cruises were created in order to surprise you between breathtaking views of the monuments on the docks of the Seine river and unique comments. Parisians or visitors, adults or children, wonderement assured. The best way to visit Paris, guaranteed without blister on your feet!
Why choosing one terrace, when you can choose all the terraces along the Seine in one hour? Board one of our boats for an aperitive cruise where monuments and docks serve as a scenery. As a couple or with friends, enjoy a convivial moment in an electro lounge atmosphere, a drink in your hand. Each of our boats has a bar where you can complete your aperitive cruise as you wish! Drinks, snacks on request, with on-site payment.
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What's the best way to experience Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe)?
The best ways to experience Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe) are:
- Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
- Seine River Bistro-Style Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise on board Paris en Scene
- Vedettes de Paris Seine River Cruise Direct Access E-Ticket
- Louvre Skip the Line Ticket & Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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