Arab World Institute

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East meets West at this eye-catching multipurpose cultural center. Retracing the history of Arabs, this museum contains ancient manuscripts, exquisitely-made silk carpets, pottery and a wide range of utensils, as well as scientific and astronomical instruments dating from between 750 and 1258 CE. Temporary exhibitions, organized on a regular basis on the ground floor, are a showcase for contemporary paintings and sculptures that reflect the latest artistic movements currently in vogue in the Arab world. Information is provided in pamphlets and interactive videos. During the winter, the museum erects a temporary bazaar selling Arab goods and offering a pleasant area in which to sip mint tea and sample Moroccan pastries.

Location:  1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed V

Business hours:  Tu-Th 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sa-Su 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Fr 10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.