Institut du monde arabe

Institut du monde arabe

Discover the Arab World Institute (IMA), the Parisian cultural institute dedicated to the Arab world, a real bridge between East and West.

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Opened in 1987, in the heart of historic Paris, in the 5th arrondissement, the Arab World Institute quickly became part of the very dense cultural fabric of the capital. Created by a collective of architects (Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lezenes, Pierre Soria and Architecture Studio), the Arab World Institute is a unique place for the modernity of its architecture. The building constitutes an allegorical synthesis between Eastern and Western architectural concepts. You can thus discover a whole series of architectural elements from the oriental tradition here reinterpreted: moucharabiehs of the façade, ryad (inner courtyard) and ziggurat of the book tower. The Arab World Institute, which has had an Arab-Muslim art museum, a library, an auditorium and a bookshop since its inception, has year after year been able to offer its public a very diversified programme, covering all fields of art and culture in the Arab world - music, cinema, dance, plastic arts, photography and activities for young audiences… Arabic language and civilization courses are also offered.

Gourmet break

Extend your discovery of the Arab world by tasting a gourmet tea, during a quick break during your visit or in the gastronomic restaurant on the 9th floor, Ziryab, with its exceptional view over the Seine and the roofs of Paris…

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Community facilities

Access and contact

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
75005 Paris 5ème

Metro Line 7, station Jussieu (and line 10) and Sully Morland
Bus lines : 24, 63, 67, 86, 87 and 89

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. 10:00-19:00 on weekend ans public holidays. Cash register closing : 45 minutes before.


  • Adult: 8 € Job seeker: 6 € Group adults: 6 € (Groupe of friends from 6 persons).
    Free entry for accompanying guides, teachers, disabled people. Group rate available for > 6 people.
    Price for European Union non European Union citizens : 4€
    Free for European Union citizens and regular residents non-euopeans on European Union territory
    Paris Museum Pass accepted: free access.


  • Lift
  • Auditorium
  • Toilets
  • Air conditioning
  • Exhibition space
  • Book shop
  • Media library
  • Restaurant
  • Parking


  • Restaurant


  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Shows
  • Handicrafts workshops


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French
  • Arab

Guided tour languages

  • English
  • French
  • Arab

Documentation languages (home)

  • English
  • Arab

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • French
  • Arab

Single mean time tour

75 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
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  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building totally accessible

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
75005 Paris 5ème

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  • Thierry Rambaud