The Paris Opera offers you the possibility to discover the treasures of the Palais Garnier's public areas, a master piece of the 19th century theater art architecture. This ticket also gives you access to the current exhibitions (when available).
Please note that the access to the auditorium may be restricted or forbidden due to technical and/or artistic reasons.
Discover our classic overall tours of the theatre including a presentation of its history, architecture and its different activities.
You can also book a themed guided tour, for a unique and unusual visit after opening hours.
You can visit the theatre everyday from 10am to 4:30pm (10am – 6:30pm during summer period) except for exceptional closures or opening times. Annual closure dates: 25 December, 1st January and 1st May.
Calendrier des fermetures exceptionnelles
Closed in the morning
Closed in the afternoon
Click on a date to see detailed schedules
By phone: 08 92 89 90 90 (0,35€/min) and from outside France: +33 1 71 25 24 23, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm.
Book your e.ticket
Book your ticket online: click on the button “BOOK” for the visit of your choice. You will be redirected to a page to create your Paris Opera account (or login if you are already registered). Please note that you can only book tickets for complete opening days. For partial opening days, tickets must be sold on-site.
At the Palais Garnier’s desks: open every day from 10am to 4:30pm. From mid-July until beginning of September: 10am to 6:15pm
Payment by credit card. The terminals are located in the Palais Garnier’s hall (ticketing area). Available rates: full rate and youth rate (12-25).
Full rate: adult over 25 years old.
Reduced rate*: young adult from 12 to 25 years old, holders of a valid Paris Opera Member card or Pass Académie card, Family offer beneficiaries (4 persons min., among whom a 12-25 years old adult), holders of a visit ticket for the Bastille Opera, holders of a maximum 8-days old ticket for the Musée d’Orsay or Muse Gustave Moreau, holders of a valid Pass Culture 9/12.
Free admission*: children under 12 years old, disabled people and accompanying person, unemployed, people on social assistance/income support/other social benefits, holders of the Pass’ Jeunes card, holders of the individual AROP Member card, holder of the Culture Card (plus one accompanying person), holders of the Travel Professional card (tour guides speakers…) and French Office Organization card, holders of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’s reader card (access to the Opera Library-Museum’s reading room), students from the Ecole du Louvres and schools of architecture.
* only on presentation of a valid identification.
The temporary exhibitions’ area is not accessible for people with reduced mobility.
Our audio-guide services
Explore the architecture, history, legends and secrets of Charles Garnier’s masterpiece.
A multimedia tour of one hour* featuring archive material, interviews with specialists on the Opera and its history. Make your own way round the Palais Garnier or follow a suggested route.
Duration of visit: 1 hr
Languages available: French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Accessibility : French sign language, French audio-descriptive tour * 30 minutes for the Korean tour
Let the phantom of the Opera take you on a tour of Charles Garnier’s architectural masterpiece. The legends of the Palais Garnier will hold no secrets for you or your children thanks to this 1 hour-interactive tour (games at every stage of the tour plus a quiz at the end).
Duration of visit: 1 hr
Languages available: French, English, Spanish
And to get the most out of your visit
“Behind the curtain”, an enchanting and informative tour of the Palais Garnier. Penetrate one of the areas of the Palais Garnier the public never sees: the emblematic Foyer de la Danse, explore the auditorium, inspect Marc Chagall’s ceiling, the paintings in the Grand Foyer, the façade of the Palais Garnier and chart Palais Garnier’s history through the interactive timeline. Tour of 1 hour and a half, offered on iPad mini.
Price: €7 or €12 (for two)
Duration of visit: 1 hr 30 min
Languages available: French, English, Spanish
From october 24 to february 2nd, 2020 at the BnF
The documents brought together in this exhibition testify to the immense enthusiasm aroused by French grand opera. Even if this passion faded a little during the Revolution of 1848, some great masterpieces were still produced under the Second Republic and the Second Empire.
Beyond the Rotonde des Abonnés, the Bassin de la Pythia leads to the Grand Escalier with its magnificent thirty-meter-high vault. Built of marble of various colours, it is home to the double staircase leading to the foyers and the various floors of the theatre. At the bottom of the stairs, a true theatre within the theatre, two female allegories holding torches greet spectators.
In the tradition of Italian theatre, the horseshoe-shaped "French" auditorium, so-called for the way the seats are arranged according to their category, was designed for the audience to see and to be seen. Its metallic structure, hidden by marble, stucco, velvet and gilding, supports the weight of the 8-ton bronze and crystal chandelier with its 340 lights. The house curtain was created by theatrical painters Auguste Rube (1817-1899) and Philippe Chaperon (1823-1906), following Charles Garnier's instructions. The curtain was replaced by an identical one in both 1951 and 1996. The ceiling painted by Marc Chagall and commissioned by the Minister of Culture André Malraux was inaugurated on September 23, 1964.
At the end of a long gallery is the Rotunde du Glacier, a fresh and bright rotunda with a ceiling painted by Clairin (1843-1919) and featuring dancing bacchantes and fauna, along with tapestries illustrating different refreshments as well as fishing and hunting. Completed after the opening of the Palais Garnier, this salon evokes the aesthetic of the Belle Époque.
The vault of the Avant-Foyer is covered with mosaics of shimmering colours on a gold background. The view of the Grand Staircase is spectacular. The play of light between mirrors and windows in the Grand Foyer further accentuates the latter's vast dimensions. The ceiling painted by Paul Baudry (1828-1886) features themes from the history of music.
The lyre is the main element: it reigns over all the decorative vocabulary, be it on capitals, heating grids or doorknobs. A copy of Charles Garnier's bust by the sculptor Carpeaux (1827-1875) is located in the centre of the foyer, near a window looking down the Avenue de l'Opera towards the Louvre. The view can be enjoyed even more from the loggia. The Salons du Soleil et de la Lune offer a symbolic and poetic transition to the other areas.
library-museum of the opera
The collections of the Library-Museum of the Opera (National Library of France) conserve three centuries of the theatre's history. The museum gallery houses a permanent exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and set models. After the fall of the Empire, the premises were never completed: in the staircase leading to the temporary exhibition hall, remain the massive stone blocks dating from 1870. Access to the reading room, located in the Rotunde de l'Empereur, is restricted to researchers.
GALERIE DE L'ORCHESTRE, GRAND VESTIBULE
The Galerie de l'Orchestre offers a last glance of the Palais Garnier and an audiovisual exhibition recounting its history. The Grand Vestibule, watched over by the statues of the four composers Rameau, Lully, Gluck and Handel, leads to the exit.
The theatre history
Learn more about the Paris Opera's history and architecture in our section "350 years".
- Musée d'Orsay ticket-holders (offer valid within 8 days after the date the Musée d'Orsay ticket is issued);
- Holders of the Musée d'Orsay Carte Blanche (offer valid throughout the period of the card's validity).
Reduced-rate admission for a Musée d'Orsay entry ticket is also available to holders of a Palais Garnier tour ticket, up to 8 days after the issue date of this ticket.
Musée Gustave Moreau
Offer available to holders of an entry ticket to this museum up to 8 days after the issue date of this ticket.
For 8 days after the purchase of a Palais Garnier tour ticket, reduced rates available for an admission to the Musée Gustave Moreau.
Prepare your visit
Entrance at the corner of Scribe and Auber streets 75009 Paris
Access to the Palais Garnier
Metro: Opéra station (lines 3, 7 and 8) RER: Auber station (line A) Bus: lines 20, 21, 27, 29, 32, 45, 52, 66, 68, 95 Car park: Q-Park Edouard VII - Rue Bruno Coquatrix 75009 Paris (in front of 23 Rue de Caumartin) Reserve your parking space
The Palais Garnier offers a safe access to persons with reduced mobility, in wheelchair or with visual disabilities (except places for temporary exhibitions).