The Palais Garnier

Discover its history, its treasures...

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.


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).

Booking is strongly recommended.

Full rate: €15
Reduced rate: €10
Free admisssions (children under 12, unemployed, ...)

Available with a multimedia guide service


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. 

Individual self-guided visits – information

Visits are accessible every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (tickets are sold until 4 pm) except on days with afternoon performances, exceptionnal closure and summer period.

Last entry 45 minutes before closing (for ticket holders).

Annual closure: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Exceptional closures

  • Closed in the morning
  • Closed in the afternoon
  • Exceptional closure
  • Restricted access

Click on a date to see detailed schedules

*Restricted access: As some areas are partially accessible, the reduced rate applies to individual self-guided visitors over 25 years old.


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.

Sales are open for the next 60 days.

Book your ticket

  • Online by clicking 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).
  • On the Paris Opera application
  • By phone on 08 92 89 90 90 (+33 1 71 25 24 23 if calling from abroad)
  • At the Palais Garnier’s desks : open every day from 10 am to 4:15pm.   
  • At automatic terminals located in the Palais Garnier’s hall (ticketing area). Payment by credit only.


Full rate: adult over 26 years old.

Reduced rate*:

  • Young people aged 12-25;
  • Holders of a valid Opera subscriber card;
  • Holders of a visit ticket for the Bastille Opera;
  • Holders of a maximum 8-days old ticket for the Musée d’Orsay or Musée Gustave Moreau;
  • Holders of the Pass Navigo, Pass senior or Imagine’R card (valid for two persons - Navigo Culture).  
  • Family rate (with a young person aged 12-25, 4 people minimum paying an entrance fee - Available only at the Palais Garnier’s desks).

Free admission*:

  • Children under the age of 12;
  • The disabled and their helpers (limited to one helper per disabled person, additional helpers at full price);
  • The unemployed, recipients of social assistance / RSA / other minimum social benefits (on presentation of a document dated within the last 3 months);
  • Holders of the Pass’ Jeunes Opéra;
  • Holders of a valid Young Adult Opera suscriber card
  • Holders of the AROP Particulier card ;
  • Holders of the Carte Culture issued by the French Ministry of Culture (valid for two persons);
  • Holders of the French professional tour guide card;
  • Holders of the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s reader’s card (admission to the reading room of the Opera’s Library-museum);
  • Architecture students and École du Louvre students.

*only on presentation of a valid identification/written proof.


The temporary exhibitions’ area is not accessible for people with reduced mobility.

Our multimedia guide services

Every day from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. in August and from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. from September.

Explore the architecture, history, legends and secrets of Charles Garnier’s masterpiece.


For adults

A magically enlightening 90-minute multimedia voyage, enriched with archival images and interviews with specialists of the Opera and its history.
During the tour, thanks to augmented reality, the most emblematic and inaccessible areas of the building, such as the Foyer de la Danse and the Costume Depository, also become accessible.
Explore the auditorium, inspect Marc Chagall’s ceiling, the paintings in the Grand Foyer and the façade of the Palais Garnier.

Make your own way around the Palais Garnier or follow a suggested route.

An interactive plan to guide you.

  • Device: iPad mini
  • Price: €8 (€7 pre-purchased online)
  • Length of visit: 90 mins
  • Languages available: French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
  • Accessibility: French sign language, French audio-descriptive tour

For children (6-13 years, recommended age):

Let Zoé ballerina 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 (6 to 13 years old) thanks to this 1 hour-interactive tour (games throughout the tour).

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: €6,50
  • Length of visit: 1 hr
  • Languages available: French, English, Spanish

Virtual tour

In partnership with the Google Cultural iIstitute, discover the theatre and its masterpieces as if you were actually there.


Chidren games experience

A funny document for the children to explore the Palais Garnier and discover its history, while playing a game.



At the heart of the Palais Garnier, the Devialet acoustic discovery room showcases wireless speakers, among which the "Gold Phantom Opéra de Paris".

Informations: , +33 9 63 53 20 79

Palais Garnier, le grand escalier


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


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.


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 auditorium

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.

The theatre history

Learn more about the Paris Opera's history and architecture in our section "350 years". 


Partner institutions

Musée d'Orsay

This offer is valid for:

  • 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.

Contact us

Phone : +33 (0)


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). 

Information and Booking
+33 1 40 01 18 50 (from Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm).



+33 1 71 25 24 23 (0.35€/min) or on-site, at the desks or automatic terminals.

Guided tours
+33 (1) 89 16 83 02 (0.15€/min) 


Guided tours
+33 (1) 89 16 83 02 (0.15€/min)   


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

CoCo Restaurant

Open everyday from 7:30am to 2am (last service at 11pm).

1, place Jacques Rouché - 75009 Paris (at the right of the theatre façade).

Booking: +33 1 42 68 86 80     

Visit also the Bastille Opera

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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