The Palais Garnier is open every day from 10am to 5pm (tickets are sold until 4 pm), except on days with afternoon performances and exceptional closures.
Last entry 45 minutes before closing time (for ticket holders). Security checks at the entrance may cause delays, thank you for your understanding.
For reasons related to theater activity, the auditorium is regularly inaccessible to visitors.
The cloakrooms are closed during visiting hours. Some objects are not allowed in our theaters - Learn more.
© Marc Walter / OnP
Booking is strongly recommended.
Full rate: €15
Reduced rate: €10
Free admisssions (children under 12, unemployed, ...)
Available with a multimedia guide service
In partnership with the Google Cultural iIstitute, discover the theatre and its masterpieces as if you were actually there.
A funny document for the children to explore the Palais Garnier and discover its history, while playing a game.
Palais Garnier, le grand escalier © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP
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.
Palais Garnier, le grand foyer © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP
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.
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.
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.
For reasons related to theater activity, the performance hall is regularly inaccessible to visitors.
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.
Learn more about the Paris Opera's history and architecture in our section "350 years".
For 8 days after the purchase of a Palais Garnier tour ticket, reduced rates available for an admission to the Musée Gustave Moreau.
Phone : +33 (0)184.108.40.206.00
Entrance at the corner of Scribe and Auber streets
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
+33 1 71 25 24 23 (0.35€/min) or on-site, at the desks or automatic terminals.
Please note that the cloakrooms are not available for visitors.
The book and gift shop
From Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 7pm and until the end of performances; and from 10:30 am to 6 pm from 17th July to 30th August.
Access from street Havély or from the theatre public areas.
Information: +33 1 53 43 03 97
Open everyday from 7:30am to 2am (last service at 11pm).
1, place Jacques Rouché - 75009 Paris (at the right of the theatre façade).
The Paris Opera offers you the possibility to discover the backstage world of this modern theatre, whose dimensions are impressive, created in 1989 by Carlos Ott.
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