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Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

Open Daily 10am – 5pm
8 Rue Scribe, Paris, France, 75009

The Basics

With its gilding, grandeur, and lavish ornamentation, Palais Garnier is often compared to the Palace of Versailles. While you can admire architect Charles Garnier’s Beaux-Arts and neo-baroque masterpiece from the outside on Paris sightseeing tours, it’s also possible to see the interior by attending a performance or taking a self-guided audio tour or a guided tour of the venue. Book an after-hours tour to explore the Palais Garnier without the crowds. You can also combine a tour of PalaisGarnier with visits to other nearby architectural gems, such as the historic Galeries Lafayette department store and the passages couverts (covered shopping galleries).

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Palais Garnier’s Secrets
Palais Garnier’s Secrets
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$161.54 per adult
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Great Private Tour of the Palais Garnier Opera House
Wonderful private tour of Paris' famous Palais Garnier opera house. Ariane was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. She had great enthusiasm and also very helpful illustrations as part of the tour. Definitely recommended!
Mark_V, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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An amazing experience!
Daniel_B, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
Every step through the Palais Garnier was amazing. I’ve wanted to visit the Opera for a long time. It was incredible to visit-I recommend the audio guide too!
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Amazing 🤩 would love to come back!
Ruth_B, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
The place is breathtaking, with a good audio guide. You can roam on your own take pictures. The only setback is that we were not able to see the ceiling of the theater the famous Marc Chagall painting because they were rehearsing. It was my dream to see that and I think it is a very important piece a characteristic of the Opera Garnier and it should be available for all to see always .
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Awesome Opera Garnier & Galeries Lafayette
Roy_B, Sep 2021
Private Opera Garnier and Galeries Lafayette 2-Hour Tour in Paris
We really enjoyed our tour with Maurizio. What an interesting and fascinating guide. He made these magnificent buildings come to life! A beautiful addition to our Parisian experience.
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This tour was magnificent; a...
Bobby, Aug 2016
Private Opera Garnier and Galeries Lafayette 2-Hour Tour in Paris
This tour was magnificent; a highlight of the trip. Our guide, Claudia was amazing, a trained architect, local historian and showed, told and informed us very well. Great personal tour!
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The Opera House was so beautiful and...
mlmuehleis, Jul 2016
Private Tour: Opera Garnier and Passages Couverts
The Opera House was so beautiful and our guide was so knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed it! The Passages were interesting, but the shops were our of my pricerange.
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Actually walking through...
Marc_L, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
Actually walking through the halls and getting a taste of the elegance. Having the Phantom history was special!
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Nice view
NikiKattou, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
Easy access to the building. Nice things to see. The guy at the tickets in big bus was very helpful.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bar inside the theater sells drinks before performances and during intermissions.

  • Operas are usually performed in their original language, with French (and sometimes English) supertitles.

  • While no official dress code is enforced for regular performances, most operagoers dress smartly. For special gala events, attendees wear more formal attire.

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How to Get There

Palais Garnier is in the Opera and Grand Boulevards area, one of Paris’ shopping hotspots. The Opera station, just across the street from the venue, can be accessed by Metro lines 3, 7, and 8, while lines 7 and 9 serve the nearby Chaussee d’Antin–La Fayette station. Alternatively, take the RER A line to Auber station.

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When to Get There

Palais Garnier tours are held daily throughout the year and attract the biggest numbers during summer. To escape the crowds, book an after-hours tour, which allows you to traverse quiet corridors and the hushed auditorium without the daytime crowds. Note that access to the auditorium is dependent on availability; for the best chance of seeing it, opt for a morning tour, as rehearsals typically take place in the afternoon.

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Highlights of the Palais Interior

The interior’s standout features are the fresco- and gold-adorned Grand Foyer, the bronze Pythonisse sculpture, and the imposing Grand Staircase (Grand Escalier). Auditorium highlights include the 2,600-square-foot (241-square-meter) ceiling painting by Marc Chagall, in the center of which hangs an enormous, seven-ton crystal and bronze chandelier that inspired the dramatic chandelier drop in Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera.”

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