The Bastille Opera
Discover its history, its treasures...
© Marc Walter / OnP
Visits are available every day from 10am to 5pm, except on days with afternoon performances and exceptional closures. Last entry 45 minutes before closing time. Access to our theaters is forbidden to scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, electric monowheels and bulky luggage.
Visits are available every day from 10am to 5pm, except on days with afternoon performances and exceptional closures.
Last entry 45 minutes before closing time.
Access to our theaters is forbidden to scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, electric monowheels and bulky luggage.
© Marc Walter / OnP
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).
Please note that the access to the auditorium may be forbidden due to technical and/or artistic reasons.
Full rate: €14 (€12 outside exhibition periods)
Reduced rate: €10 (€8 outside exhibition periods)
Free admisssions (children under 12, unemployed, ...)
Prices, opening hours and conditions of booking
Available with a multimedia guide service
© Marc Walter / OnP
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. except on days with afternoon performances and exceptionnal closure.
Last entry 45 minutes before closing.
Annual closure: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
- Closed in the morning
- Closed in the afternoon
- Exceptional closure
- Restricted access
Click on a date to see detailed schedules
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.
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’shall (ticketing area). Payment by credit only.
Full rate: adult over 26 years old.
- Young people aged 12-25;
- Holders of a valid Opera subscriber card or Pass’ Académie 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).
- 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 the AROP Particulier card ;
- Holders of the Carte 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.
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: €6.50
- 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 the Phantom 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 thanks to this 1 hour-interactive tour (games at every stage of the tour plus a quiz at the end).
- Device: iPad
- Price: €6,50
- Length of visit: 1 hr
- Languages available: French, English, Spanish
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.
Palais Garnier, le grand escalier © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP
BASSIN DE LA PITHYE, 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, la salle. © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP
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.
Palais Garnier, le grand foyer © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP
SALON DU GLACIER, 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.
GALERIE DE L'ORCHESTRE, GRAND VESTIBULE
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 theatre history
Learn more about the Paris Opera's history and architecture in our section "350 years".
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.
Phone :+33 (0)220.127.116.11.00
Prepare your visit
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
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.
+33 (1) 89 16 83 02 (0.15€/min)
+33 1 40 01 24 90 From Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm.
+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
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.
FAQsIs Palais Garnier open to public? ›
Visits are available every day from 10am to 5pm, except on days with afternoon performances and exceptional closures. Last entry 45 minutes before closing time.How much does it cost to visit Palais Garnier? ›
The Palais Garnier is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but may close earlier on days of matinee performances. Unguided admission costs 14 euros (around $14) for adults and 10 euros (about $10) for students and those younger than 25. Children younger than 12 enter free.Is Palais Garnier worth visiting? ›
The Opéra Garnier is an important monument of French and Parisian culture. You will be amazed by its decoration worthy of a king's castle. No matter if you love History, art or even literature, you will be delighted by this visit.Can you enter the Opera Garnier for free? ›
If you want to walk inside Palais Garnier, you will have to pay for it. To visit the Paris Opera House, the price is 14 €. The visit is free for children under 12.How much does it cost to visit Palais Royal? ›
Entry to the monument is free except for temporary special events, where a fee may be incurred. Guided tours cost €105 for groups of up to 15 people and €140 for groups of 16 to 30 people. Guided tours must be reserved in advance.How do I get tickets for Opera Garnier? ›
Booking. Via the Paris Opera's App - available on iOS and Android for smartphones and tablets. At the Palais Garnier box office (on the corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber - 75009 Paris): from Monday to Saturday (except public holidays) from 10 am to 6.30 pm and 1 hour before performances.How long does it take to tour Palais Garnier? ›
The guided tour takes about 90 minutes and gives you access to all parts of Opera Garnier - the auditorium, gilded balconies, even up close the stage ( the self audio guided tour lacks access to the auditorium ). If the tour group size is big, you will be given headsets in order to listen to the guide clearly.How long do you need at Palais Garnier? ›
Allow yourself about two hours give or take to fully enjoy visiting the Palais Garnier.What should I wear to Palais Garnier? ›
Unless you are going to a gala evening event, almost no one will be in gowns or tuxedos. Even full suits are not that common although you won't be out of place if you wear one. For women, a dress, blouse/skirt, or blouse/nice pants is fine. For men, a dress shirt, nice pants, and nice shoes are fine.
Attire is entirely your choice. Some people in the more expensive seats dress in dinner jackets and evening dresses, but over half will be dressed casually in jeans, trousers and a shirt etc. No jacket is required.Can you visit the lake under the Paris Opera house? ›
Currently, firefighters from the city use the lake as a place to practice their diving. There you have it, the truth has been revealed, the underground lake of Opera Garnier is very much real, unfortunately, visitors are not allowed down there.How much does it cost to go to the Grand Palais? ›
All the exhibitions have different prices, but the full price is generally between €10 and €15. If you want an audio-guide, prices will go up to about €25 and €17 for reduced prices. For those under 26 years old (and EU nationals) and teachers, you have a free access to permanent exhibitions.Does Palais Garnier have a dress code? ›
There is no particular dress code, but proper attire is required. For gala evenings, it is suggested that gentlemen wear a dark suit and ladies a dress.Can you take pictures in Palais Garnier? ›
you cannot take pictures during the actual performance but you can carry those and keep it on your lap or under the chair. Because your visit is in a long holiday, you can expect a little crowd. The Palais Garnier will be closed or not I am not sure about that.Can you wear jeans to the Metropolitan opera? ›
What to Wear. There is no dress code at the Met, but a night at the opera can be a great excuse to get dressed up. If you need inspiration, check out some of our favorite looks from Last Night at the Met, our curated fashion Instagram account.Do I need tickets for Palais Royal? ›
Every day except Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last time slot 3:30 p.m.-3.50 p.m.). Open Monday 15 August; closed Tuesday 16 August. The Royal Palace is accessible free of charge. It is mandatory to book your visit to the Royal Palace in advance by choosing a time slot.Is the Palais Royal open to the public? ›
The palace itself is not open to the public, but you can visit the courtyard and garden. The square, known as the Cour d'Honneur, is dominated by a large work of art by Daniel Buren. The artwork, which was installed here in 1986, consists of 280 black and white striped columns.Is the Palais Longchamp free? ›
The palace is free and so beautiful . there is a garden and a zoo at the back!What do you wear to the opera? ›
There's no compulsory dress code. Wear what you'll feel comfortable in. It can get cold in the theatre, so consider an extra layer. And if you're seeing a show on an outdoor stage, bring warm and weather-proof clothing!
- €35 for a ticket to an opera. - €25 for a ticket to a ballet or concert/recital. - €10 for a ticket to a Sunday chamber music concert.How much does Dubai Opera cost? ›
Dubai Opera tour tickets price: AED 75 per adult and AED 40 for children from 3 to 16 years old. Tours are available in English or Arabic.How long is the self guided tour of Paris Opera house? ›
Tour departure times are limited, but with the self-guided visit you have more flexibility for the time of day of your visit. The 80- or 90-minute tour time may be longer than you want to spend there. Using the tour broadcast system requires that you bring your ID and hand it over to the Palais Garnier personnel.Are there still operas in the Palais Garnier? ›
It was the primary theatre of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when a new opera house, the Opéra Bastille, opened at the Place de la Bastille. The company now uses the Palais Garnier mainly for ballet.How long are the breaks in opera? ›
Since many operas have more than two acts, there are usually one or two 10-minute breaks between some acts, and two full-length, 20- to 30-minute intermissions between others.Is there a dress code for the opera house? ›
There's no real dress code for this event, you'll fit right in wearing smart casual. But, if you'd like to frock up, go for it! It's a special occasion, dressing up makes everything 100% more enjoyable. You'll be on your feet for a guided tour, there are over 300 stairs, so flat comfortable shoes are recommended.Can I wear trainers to Royal Opera House? ›
There is no formal dress code. We want everyone to feel comfortable and able to engage with what is happening on stage, and so we encourage audiences and visitors to wear whatever they feel comfortable wearing. We only ask that you are fully clothed and that your feet are covered.Is Moulin Rouge Paris worth it? ›
Though super touristy, seeing the Moulin Rouge is a definite highlight and a recommended thing to do in Paris. Sure it's super expensive and in many ways like a Las Vegas show, but the costumes, the dances, the hype, and the magic – along with a bottle of champagne – make this is a very special night in Paris!What should you not wear to the ballet? ›
Well sometimes to know what to wear, you need to know what Not to wear! Some things you should avoid wearing to a dance or ballet recital as a member of the audience are a Hat, a tuxedo or evening gown, too much perfume, bright fluros, noisy jewelry, tight or short clothing that is hard to sit in.What should you not wear to afternoon tea? ›
Afternoon Tea Dress Code
Generally, the attire requested for guests to adhere to for afternoon tea is “smart casual,” which falls somewhere between business casual and casual. This will usually mean no trainers, t-shirts, shorts or sportswear.
Wear clothes that will keep you cool
Theatres get warm. Fast. Steer clear of clothes that will stick to the seat or make you sweat. It's best to avoid leather clothing, especially in the summer months.
A night at the opera, however, can be one of the trickiest outings to get dressed for. Though there aren't any strict dress codes, it's best to wear something on the formal side. Things to definitely keep out of the opera house? Sweatpants, casual sneakers, or distressed jeans.Can you eat during an opera? ›
You can always get a snack or caffeinated beverage during intermission if necessary. Otherwise, you may choose to eat a full, early dinner at the opera house or a nearby restaurant before the performance (and maybe go for dessert afterward!)Can you wear a short dress to the opera? ›
Don't wear a dress that is too short, too tight, too revealing, or too casual. Think cocktail dress. Layer on a blazer, cape, cardigan, shawl or fur stole to keep from getting cold during the show.Are there tunnels under the Paris Opera house? ›
The opera house has 2,531 doors, 7,593 keys and six miles of underground tunnels. Its complex structure and long history provide it with plenty of mysteries. As in "The Phantom of the Opera," there is an underground lake below the opera house.How much does it cost to get married in the Paris Opera house? ›
All in all, it's safe to bet on a starting point of 200,00 euros for a wedding at the Opera Garnier.How much is a ticket to Petit Palais? › Why is Grand Palais closed? ›
The Grand Palais closed for renovation work in January 2021 and is due to reopen in 2024. Between now and then, you can visit the Grand-Palais Éphémère, a temporary exhibition space designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and spanning 10,000 square metres on the Joffre plateau in Champ-de-Mars.Can you go inside the Grand Palais? ›
Once you have gone through the security gates, you will be able to go to the cloakroom, the auditorium, the restaurants, the cafés and, of course, the exhibitions!Can I wear sandals to opera? ›
Opera dress code
But times have changed, and today there are no dress codes at the opera. You will see people wearing a huge variety of different fashion. You will never be turned away from the opera for what you are wearing.
Opting for something a little more casual, like dress pants and a sports coat or a skirt and blouse ensemble, is totally acceptable, too. But if you want to try something a little riskier, like a sequined asymmetrical jumpsuit or a plaid suit, the opera is the perfect place to test it out.Can you go inside Palais Garnier? ›
Is the Palais Garnier open to the public? Yes, it is. You can tour it for a fee or stop into the lobby where you would buy tickets, just to take a peek inside. The opera house is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Can you leave an opera early? ›
Unlike at movies or sports events, you can't enter or exit an opera auditorium once the performance has begun.Can I take photos in a pub? ›
By law, you can take a photo of anyone from any public place. If it is a private establishment like a bar, for example, you must get permission from the owner. However, if the subject is a child, you should be sensitive and understand your legal responsibilities. You can find out more here.Why do people dress so weird for the Met? ›
From a fashion perspective, it is a chance for designers to work closely with celebrities on outfits, and they are generally encouraged to dress innovatively rather than playing safe. Therefore, designers come up with unconventional and unique outfits that stand out.Can you take pictures at the Met Opera? ›
While patrons are permitted to take photos prior to a performance or during an intermission, the photographing or sound recording of any performance without the written permission of The Metropolitan Opera is prohibited as is the use of mobile phones and any other electronic devices during the performance.How expensive is the Met Opera? ›
Discover the ultimate opera streaming collection, and watch on your computer, tablet, mobile phone, or TV for $14.99/month or $149.99/year with our unlimited subscription plan. Met Members save 33% off annual subscription price.Can you take photos inside the Palais Garnier? ›
Photographs or videos taken during the visit may not be used for commercial purposes, subject to prosecution. Ticket holders may not sell or distribute any product or article on the premises of the Palais Garnier. It is forbidden to consume food or drink inside the Palais Garnier.Is there a dress code for the Paris Opera? ›
Unless you are going to a gala evening event, almost no one will be in gowns or tuxedos. Even full suits are not that common although you won't be out of place if you wear one. For women, a dress, blouse/skirt, or blouse/nice pants is fine. For men, a dress shirt, nice pants, and nice shoes are fine.Do you need tickets for Palais Royal? ›
Every day except Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last time slot 3:30 p.m.-3.50 p.m.). Open Monday 15 August; closed Tuesday 16 August. The Royal Palace is accessible free of charge. It is mandatory to book your visit to the Royal Palace in advance by choosing a time slot.
Booking and admission are free.Can you go inside Palais Royal? ›
The palace itself is not open to the public, but you can visit the courtyard and garden. The square, known as the Cour d'Honneur, is dominated by a large work of art by Daniel Buren. The artwork, which was installed here in 1986, consists of 280 black and white striped columns.Why should I visit the Grand Palais? ›
The Grand Palais is one of the most iconic Parisian monuments. Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by its large glass dome flanked by the French flag. This architectural masterpiece of stone, steel and glass has been listed as a historical monument since 2000.What is the most prestigious opera house in the world? ›
- 1 Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia) ...
- 2 Glyndebourne Opera House (East Sussex, England) ...
- 3 La Scala Opera House (Milan, Italy) ...
- 4 Royal Opera House (London, England) ...
- 5 Teatro di San Carlo (Naples, Italy) ...
- 6 Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires, Argentina) ...
- 7 Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow, Russia)
Although Orfeo, based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, remains the earliest opera still regularly performed today, it was not heard outside Italy until the 20th century.