Institut du monde arabe

  • Museum
  • Arts and culture
  • Sacred art
  • Folk arts and popular traditions

Two voyages in one. Come and meet the Orient... And a jewel of contemporary architecture. As a result of a joint partnership between France and the Arab countries, the Arab World Institute (IMA) foundation deed was signed in 1980.

The building opened its doors in 1987. As a public-interest foundation recognised by French law, the Arab World Institute aims to spread knowledge about the Arab world and promote its culture and civilisation to the French and European public.

Located between the Jussieu university and the banks of the Seine, the IMA was built on land rich with history, where the Saint-Bernard gate, Saint-Victor abbey and wine market once stood.

Designed by a group of architects (Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lezenes, Pierre Soria and Architecture Studio), the IMA building is an allegorical synthesis of Oriental and Western architectural conceptions and a bridge between tradition and modernity.

As well as the very modern looking construction in glass and aluminium, numerous architectural elements can be seen from Oriental traditions - the mashrabiya on the southern façade, the ryad (inner courtyard), the ziggurat of the book tower - all reinterpreted to fit modern standards. The IMA's terrace, on the ninth floor, offers an extraordinary view of Paris.

To discover the savours of the Orient, take the lift to the 9th floor. Settle in at one of the tables at Zyriab: from the terrace, this Lebanese restaurant offers one of the best views of Paris..

Opening and closing times

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on May 1st. 10:00-19:00 on weekend ans public holidays.

Cash register closing : 45 minutes before.


Discount for groups

Right to speak cost : 40 €
Group adults: 6 € (Groupe of friends from 6 persons).

Adult: 8 €
Job seeker: 6 €

Free entry for children < 26 years, 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.



  • Minimum number of people : 6


  • Animals accepted
  • Guide dogs are allowed


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
  • Unguided group tours available permanently
  • Guided group tours on request

Average length of visit

  • 75 minutes (individual)

Services and facilities


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


  • Restaurant


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


Spoken languages

  • Arab
  • English
  • French

Documentation languages

  • Arab
  • English

Visit languages

  • Arab
  • English
  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • Arab
  • English
  • French

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French


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


Metro Line 7, station Jussieu (and line 10) and Sully Morland

Bus lines : 24, 63, 67, 86, 87 and 89

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Contact information

  • 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard 75005 Paris 5ème
  • +33 (0) 1 40 51 38 38


  • Group booking required 15 days in advance minimum