Palais Garnier
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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
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Palais Garnier’s Secrets Private Tour
USD246.13 per adult
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Wonderful tour- secrets of Garnier
Wonderful guide, knowledgeable, and on time. I recommend Alejandra. Beautiful place full of history.
MariaElena_A, Nov. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

star-5
Phantastic!! Under rated compared to some other attractions
Chris_N, Feb. 2023
Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
Easy to book and pick up tickets at the Big Bus shop. The visit is self guided and would recommend the audio guide as although the architecture is amazing there is very little to read so the audio guide is needed but overall would recommend and feel the opera is forgotten against some of the bigger named attractions
star-4
Beyond, beyond, beyond
alva, Feb. 2023
Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
Could not find bus depot to exchange voucher for tickets. Walked to ticket window inside Opera House and a kind gentleman walked us right up to ticket area for prepaid tickets. The opulence is beyond anything you can imagine. Every corner is more awe inspiring
star-4
Tour guard need...
Lina_Y, Nov. 2022
Palais Garnier’s Secrets Private Tour
Tour guard need microphone and we would be happy with radio and headsets. We missed a lot of information … it was to noisy and too crowded …
star-4
Underwhelming
Mary_S, Sep. 2022
Opera Garnier Mysteries Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance
Nick was a great guide, but the tour was underwhelming for the price, and there were no “behind-the-scenes” or private entrance as advertised. It’s was an overpriced personal guided tour that you could really do yourself.
star-5
Opera house
Maria_G, Jan. 2023
Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
Beautiful architecture and history. The tour would be better if information was available about the history of the opera house.
star-5
Great tour from Nick
Vernon_K, Aug. 2022
Opera Garnier Mysteries Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance
Nick was an excellent and attentive guide and his explanations of, and insight into, the various statues and their meanings was greatly appreciated.
star-5
A Peaceful Experience
Stephen_B, Oct. 2022
Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket
The Palace is wonderful. Spend time in the gardens they are beyond description. Take the trails and enjoy the quiet.
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Best tour ever
Jeff_B, Aug. 2022
Opera Garnier Mysteries Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance
Nick, the tour guide, was excellent! Very knowledgeable, accommodating and personable. Highly recommend! We will use him for other tours as well.
star-5
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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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