Institut du Monde Arabe
More than a just museum, the Institut du Monde Arabe is a partnership between France and all Arab League nations. The purpose of the collaboration is to raise understanding and promote dialogue between Europe and the Arab world. As such, the institute is a true cultural center. The museum portion features art, innovation, and daily goods from Arab civilizations. There is also an impressive cultural calendar which has included an exploration of female archetypes through dance, a spiritual Sufism-inspired concert, and a conference on the cultural challenges presented by the digital world in Arab nations. And finally, the institute is housed in a beautifully ornate, state-of-the-art building designed by celebrated French architect Jean Nouvel.