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Musee de l’Institut du Monde Arabe Museum in Paris France

Known as the Musee de l’Ima for short, this is a fully redesigned and renovated museum that showcases the diversity of the Arab world from anthropology through to fine arts, which are presented in different themes.

About the Musee de l’Ima or Museum

After three years of renovation works and a completely new layout and organised of the museum, it reopened its doors to the public in 2012 with a far more cohenerent and easier approach to enable the public to get a greater understanding of the Arab culture, its history and its diversity.

And spread over four floors, yet fully accessible to the disabled, you will be able to discover over 560 items on display that are exhibited by themes such as the Sacred, Divine Figures, Heritage and the Arabias.
The exhibits on display focus on the now 22 Arab countries that are now a part of the Institut du Monde Arabe with different areas and disciplines being portrayed, such as Islamic art through to anthropology, and showcases the diversity of the civilisations that have marked these territories.

Having brought together historians, archaeologists, religious historians and many others from different disciplines, along with being able to obtain artefacts and art works from numerous institutions including The Louvre museum and the Musee Quai Branly, in addition to private collectors and churches, the Musee de l’Ima is now the most complete museum dedicated to the Arab World.

Yet there are also spaces within the museum that are dedicated to contemporary artists that bring together an even more complete picture of the living Arab world.  So as you can no doubt tell, whether you have little or no understanding, or wish to discover more about the heritage, culture and diversity of these nations, then the Musee de l’Insitut du Monde Arabe has to got to be on your list of places to visit.

Visiting the Musee de l’Ima Museum

The Museum of the Arab World Institute in Paris is open on a Tuesday to Thursday from 10am through to 6pm, on a Friday from 10am through to 9.30pm and at weekends from 10am through to 7pm.

However, it is always closed on a Monday and on certain National French holidays such as 1st May and we would like to point out that the ticket office close 45 minutes prior to the museum closing.

The full cost of entry to the Musee de l’Ima is €8 as of 2013, however there is a reduced cost applicable to those on job seekers allowance or those from outside the EU that are under 26, but only upon providing proof.

Yet there is also free entry for those under the age of 18 who are residents of the EU and also for the disabled, and yes, you will be pleased to know that the museum is fully accessible to those that have disabilities.

For individuals, you can purchase tickets at the ticket office on the day of your visit to this museum or by telephoning +33 (0) 1 40 51 38 14.  However, if you will be in a group, then reservations must be made at least two weeks prior and arranged by telephone on +33 (0) 1 40 51 38 45 on a Monday to Thursday between then hours of 10am and 5pm.

Guided tours are also available on a Tuesday through to a Friday at 3pm and at 4.30pm during weekends for an additional charge of €4 per individual as of 2013.  But again, if you are arriving as a group and would like a guided tour, then different rates and times apply and needs to be booked well in advance.

Now when it comes to getting to the museum, it is located in the 5th Arrondissement within the Institut du Monde Arabe cultural centre, where you can also discover exhibitions, a library and the Zyriab restaurant that has incredible views to Notre Dame Cathedral.

And the nearest Metro stations are the Jussieu, the Cardinal Lemoine or the Sully - Morland stops, but if you are travelling via the RER you would need the Gare d’Austerlitz train station in Paris.  Yet the bus numbers 24, 63, 67, 86 and 89 will also get you close by to the Musee de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, as will the Batobus water bus that travels up and down the River Seine.

Address and Contact Details

Musee de l’Institut du Monde Arabe
Institut du Monde Arabe
Place Mohamed-V
1 Rue des Fosses Saint-Bernard
Ile de France

Individuals Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 51 38 14
Groups Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 51 38 45

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  -  Le Zyriab Restaurant
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Tourist attractions close by

  -  Pont de l'Archeveche
  -  Square Jean XXIII
  -  Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  Square de l'Ile de Frence

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