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Institut du Monde Arabe
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum houses a selection of exhibits and artifacts representing the Arab world of today and of centuries past.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Went to see the Orient Express on the square outside the Institute du Monde Arabe, simply curious to walk through the famous train. But found so much more! Every tiny detail has been brought to life with entertaining references to all the characters, real and fictional, and all the events of an extraordinary era. The second part in the institute itself is also fascinating and superbly and imaginatively curated with marvellous images. Don't miss this! Although we couldn't afford dinner in the dining car for which you have to book on the chef's own website.

1  Thank Jenny Z
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Took the TGV train from Switzerland to Paris to see the Orient Express exhibition. According to the museum web page, the opening hours are until 7 PM. Very small queue in front of the ticket counter at 3 PM. Suddenly a unfriendly security guard showed up and told everybody in a very harsh tone to leave immediately because "the exhibition is sold out for the day". The ticket counter closed, even if we could see just a few people inside the exhibition.Cancelled the hotel booking and went back. My recommendation: Don't go there.

2  Thank xhaenni
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

The museum is located in the Latin Quarter near Jussieu Métro station. It is a short walk from the Jardin des Plantes and Paris Central Mosque.

It was free to visit this museum, as I was under 26 and from a country within the European Union. I just had to show museum staff my passport.

The most interesting part of my visit was the eye-catching design of the building. The building was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. The building tower contains metal diaphragms in the shape of square Arabic-style shutters, forming a very nice pattern. These shutters automatically open and close, a bit like a camera lens, to control the amount of sun light and heat entering the building.

The museum displays were disappointing as there was little to see. The exposition is mostly empty. Displays did have information notes written in French, English and Arabic. I started taking photographs of museum artifacts, but was later stopped by museum staff who said that photography was not allowed. I particularly remember the floor with Arabian musical instruments, with videos of Arabs projected onto screens.

The museum also has a library, restaurant and shop. The books/ items in the shop were quite expensive so didn't end up purchasing anything.

Visiting the Museum of the Arab World takes less than an hour as it is quite small. You can visit other nearby tourist attractions on the same day, after your visit.

3  Thank Selina C
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The most interesting part of the museum are the windows with the shutters, that automatically open and close to control the amount of light and heat entering the building from the sun. The mechanism creates interior spaces with filtered light. Unfortunately the shutters do not longer seem to work. The glory of this architectual masterpiece is deteriorating, the view from the roof top remains worth the visit.

1  Thank Malloten
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The museum is worse than worthless. There is little to see, and the exposition is mostly empty. Truly dreadful.

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