Al Musiqa

Emphasising the central role that music plays in Arab societies, the Al Musiqa exhibition is conceived above all as a manifesto for protecting a cultural heritage that is at risk of being lost, while celebrating the extraordinary vitality of musical creation in the Arab world today.

For the first time in France, the Philharmonie de Paris presents an exhibition on Arabic music, honouring both a rich and ancient heritage that is too little-known and the intense creativity of artists from the twenty-two countries that make up the Arab world today.

A musical journey

Al Musiqa takes the visitor on a journey of sights and sounds, from the Queen of Shebaʼs Arabia Felix to the Andalusia of the great musician Ziryab, from the pre-Islamic period and the Golden Age of Egypt with the diva Oum Kalthoum to the pop, rap and electro scene that has emerged on the street since the Arab revolutions.

Designed as a vast exploration of musical forms that are traditional and contemporary, mystical and secular, and popular and serious art, the exhibition takes us through immersive landscapes such as the Hejaz desert, the Andalusian garden, the Egyptian movie theatre, the African zaouia, the Oranian café, and the East-West living room.

An interactive exhibition

Aiming to be accessible to the broadest possible audience, Al Musiqa begins with a big madrasa—literally, a “place of learning”. Here, visitors acquire key notions to help them deconstruct clichés and develop or deepen their knowledge through a number of fun and interactive exhibits, such as learning to write oneʼs name with a digital qalam, or discovering the sound of the oud and the darbuka. Paying tribute to the beauty of Arabic calligraphy and language, the exhibition is entirely bilingual.

The artworks brought together for Al Musiqa introduce visitors to rich public and private collections from East and West, including musical instruments, calligraphy, Persian miniatures, paintings and photographs. In addition to this extraordinary body of work, the exhibition also features travel diaries, comics, movie posters, album covers, cult films and rare audio archives.

A festive experience to be shared

A music and dance salon hosts a variety of live events including mini-concerts, karaoke, Arabian Nights storytellers and oriental dance initiation classes. Here, the public can also listen to hits by Cheb Khaled, Warda, Bachar Mar-Khalifé and 48Cent.

Exhibition’s curator: Véronique Rieffel

Two weekends in conjunction with the exhibition
Alger, Babel-Oued

6-8 APRIL 2018

From the Oud to jazz and the urban music scene, a musical voyage to accompany the exhibition Al Musica at the Musée de la Musique.

Musiques arabes 2

11-13 MAY 2018

Follow up to the musical voyage across Arab lands: Alep in 1930, the Gnawas from Morocco and above all the great voices of song.

Visitor Information
Al Musiqa exhibition
du April 6 to August 19, 2018
Exhibition Space – Philharmonie

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 12am to 6pm
  • Friday: 12am to 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 8pm


Booking will be available around one month before the opening of the exhibition.


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Ticket Sales

Individual tickets

Self-guided Visits

Blind and partially sighted visitors can experience the exhibition thanks to an audio touch tour.

Exhibition tickets include admission to the permanent collection of the Musée de la musique (on the day of your visit).

  • Adult full price: €11
  • Holders of a Philharmonie de Paris subscription: €8
  • Reduced rate 1: €9
    Holders of a Philharmonie de Paris concert ticket, Music school teachers, Works councils, Employee associations, Youth ages 26 to 28, “Pass Education” holders.
  • Reduced rate 2: €6
    Youth Under 26, Unemployed persons, French solidarity welfare (RSA or APSA) recipients.
  • Supplementary ticket for the Daho l’aime Pop exhibition* : €4
  • Free admission
    Press card issued by the CCIJP holders, “Carte Culture” holders, ICOM card holders, Lecturer-guide licence, Children Under 6, Friends of the Philharmonie de Paris, Disabled visitor and the person accompanying them.

* Ticket valid one day only

Workshop-exhibition Al Musiqa for families

Step inside the captivating world of Arabic music. Using instruments and voice, families learn how Arabic music is played and constructed, while trying to reproduce rhythms and melodies. This session is followed by a short presentation of the Al Musiqa exhibition.
Sunday: 2:30pm to 4pm
6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of May – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th of June – 1st July
Saturday 30th of June

Ticket price (including exhibition tickets):

  • Children: €8
  • Adults: €12
Storytelling in the exhibition: Hikayat Tales

Families (Children ages 4 to 12)
Weaving tales of flying carpets, sumptuous palaces, disturbing wizards and legendary gardens, storytellers and musicians whisk us away to the enchanting realms of Arabia Felix.
Sunday: 11am to 12am
8 April to 8 July

Ticket price (including exhibition tickets):

  • Children: €8
  • Adults: €12
Guided tours

Saturdays, Sundays and each day during school holidays at 11am (14 April to 13 July)

  • Adult full price: €12
  • Under 28 youth price: €10
  • Holders of a Philharmonie de Paris subscription: €10
  • Reduced rate: €10
    Music school teachers, Friends of the Louvre, “Carte Culture” holders, Staff of the La Villette campus, Works councils, Employee associations, Unemployed persons, French solidarity welfare (RSA or APSA) recipients.
  • Reduced rate: €5
    Disabled visitor and the person accompanying them.

Composed groups and professionals

Composed groups

Self-guided visits (without a museum mediator): €9 (individual tickets)
Guided tours: €300 (Group of adults, 10 to 25 people)

School groups

Self-guided visits (without a museum mediator):

  • Student under 26: €5
  • Teachers, Music school teachers and accompagnying adults of school groups: €8
  • School group: €100 (group of a maximum of 25 people, including accompagnying adults)

Al Musiqa Guided tour: €115 (maximum of 30 pupils)

Storytelling – Jenina Sahira, The Magic Garden Tales: €115 (maximum of 30 pupils)

Guided tour & workshop Tahya el Musica!: €125 (maximum of 28 pupils)

Groups of people with disabilities

Self-guided visits – Audio touch tour: free admission (disabled visitor and the person accompanying them)
Guided tours (with a museum mediator): €60 for the whole group

Cultural Partners

Institut du monde arabe

In addition to the Al Musiqa exhibition, the Arab World Institute (IMA) is presenting a cycle of concerts and conferences, along with the Suez Canal exhibition (April-August 2018).

Cabaret sauvage

During the exhibition at the Philharmonie, Le Cabaret Sauvage will present a series of Arabic music concerts.