Institut du monde arabe

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard - 75005 Paris Quartier Latin
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.

Opening hours and prices


-Under 26s from the EU
-Under 18s


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.


Guided visits of the museum on Tuesday and Friday at 3pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm and 4.30pm. Extra cost of €4. Guided tours of temporary exhibitions are also available:


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


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


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

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


  • Educational activities
  • Shop/bookshop
  • Restaurant



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Vue sur le chevet de la cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris et l'Ile de la Cité, le mémorial des martyrs de la déportation.


English, Arabic


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.


English, Arabic, Spanish


Tourism & Handicap
T&H for mental disability
T&H for motor disability
T&H for visually impaired
Offer adapted to disabled people
Hearing impairment

Accessible entrance
Staff made aware
Accessible reception
Accessible toilets
Adapted exhibition spaces

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1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
75005 Paris
Parking lot
Maubert - College des Bernardins, 7 Boulevard Saint-Germain - 75005 Paris
Public transportation
CParis Austerlitz (Gare d'Austerlitz)
892463Universite Paris Vi

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