In an age when Arab culture is all over the headlines, this is a good place to come to find out what the phrase actually means. The building, designed by architect Jean Nouvel in 1987, is worth the price of admission,. The south facade, which has a metallic latticework echoing traditional Arab designs, includes 30,000 light-sensitive diaphragms that regulate the penetration of light by opening and closing according to how bright it is outside. After a major overhaul, this museum, which used to be devoted solely to Islamic art, has now expanded its mission to include the many facets of the Arab world, specifically the 22 countries that helped create this institution in 1987. The collection includes beautiful examples of traditional calligraphy, miniatures, ceramics, woodwork, and carpets, as well as scientific objects, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts.
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 rue des Fossés St-Bernard, 5th arrond
Our Rating Hours Tues–Thurs 10am–6pm, Fri 10am–9:30pm, Sat–Sun 10am–7pm Transportation Métro: Jussieu, Cardinal Lemoine, Sully-Morland Phone 01-40-51-38-38 Prices Admission to permanent collections 8€, 4€ under 26 Web site Institut du Monde Arabe
Map1 rue des Fossés St-Bernard, 5th arrond Paris
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