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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 Private Tour
Palais Garnier’s Secrets Private Tour
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$222.63 per adult
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Iuliana was an excellent tour guide who took us on a journey through time of the Opera House. She answered our questions and was very accommodating for photos. We were lucky enough to have a private tour, which was simply spectacular. A must do for Paris, especially for Phantom of the Opera fans!
Siana_Z, Oct 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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Great Private Tour of the Palais Garnier Opera House
Mark_V, Sep 2021
Palais Garnier’s Secrets Private Tour
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!
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Skip the line Opéra
Nancy_C, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
A tour of the Opéra is worth the effort. It would have been better to have the tickets sent by email rather than having to pick them up at Big Bus. Or at least the closest metro do as not to have to walk back and forth from the Opéra. Definitely get the headsets!
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A wonderful tour of the Palais Garnier.
Tom_G, Oct 2021
Palais Garnier’s Secrets Private Tour
We had a wonderful tour lead by Luliana who was very knowledgeable about both the opera house as well as Parisian history. We learned a great deal and enjoyed our morning. I highly recommend it.
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A Great Guide Makes for a Great Tour
James_C, Oct 2021
Private Opera Garnier Theater 2-Hour Tour in Paris
Mauricio was both knowledgeable and passionate about the Palace Garnier. He weaves the history of the Palace with the time in which it was built, pointing out things we would have missed without him. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Awesome Opera Garnier & Galeries Lafayette
Roy_B, Sep 2021
Private Opera Garnier Theater 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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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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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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Luliana is a master at telling the Palais Garnier story!
Bonnie_T, Oct 2021
Palais Garnier’s Secrets Private Tour
Simply put, this was an outstanding tour. From the moment we met out guide, Luliana, we were swept up in the magic and history surrounding the Palais Garnier. Luliana is incredibly knowledgeable and presented the experience of attending an opera at the Palais Garnier's creation in such a way that it became a vivid and memorable experience. As a guide, she patiently answered all (ALL!) of our questions with professional grace. Additionally, she engaged us as guests in her city and offered helpful tips that improved our stay. We have taken many private tours around the world and will remember this one as a standout, positive experience. Luliana is a fantastic guide!
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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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