Located in the 5th arrondissement, the Arab World Institute offers the general public a chance to discover civilisations of the Arab world and their development throughout the years. It is a centre for exhibitions, discussions, shows, and knowledge.



The Arab World Institute, as its name indicates, is dedicated to the Arab world. It is a centre for exhibitions, discussions, shows, discovery, and learning. In addition to temporary exhibitions organised throughout the year, it contains a permanent museum, the Museum of Civilisations, which tells the story of the Arab world before the Hijra, that of the Arab-Islamic world, and that of the expansion of Islam. It is located in a contemporary building whose southern façade, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, is made up of 240 mashrabiyas laid out according to Arab geometry. 


As a cultural institute, the Arab World Institute contains a library with impressive collections, and a media library intended for younger visitors. These tools are another way to better get to know and understand the Arab world and its development. As a meeting place, the Institute is also home to many events, conferences, debates, literary coffee hours, dedications, and more, as well as music and dance shows, and a cinema. First opened in 1987, the building also contains a panoramic restaurant: a great place to enjoy Lebanese cuisine whilst taking in an exceptional view of the city of Paris.

Visit the Arab World Institute website


1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed-V - 75005 Paris

Opening Hours 

The Arab World Institute is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., and weekends and public holidays 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Closed 1 May.
* Subject to change

Getting There 

  • Take Metro line 7 to Jussieu station. The Arab World Institute is 600 metres away, a 6-minute walk, along rue Ligné, rue Jussieu, and Fossés-Saint-Bernard.
  • You can also take Metro line 10. Get off at Cardinal Lemoine station and walk 7 minutes (500 m) along rue Cardinal-Lemoine, rue Jussieu and rue Fossés-Saint-Bernard.