Guided tour of Opera Garnier
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What to expectDiscovering the public spaces of the Opéra Garnier. This is an unusual journey enriched by the captivating talent of the speakers who will accompany you throughout your visit. It is from this perspective that we want to share with you the sometimes hidden treasures of the monuments of Paris.
Due to Vigipirate security measures, please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled visit time.
This tour does not include a visit to the backstage of the Palais Garnier (Premium offer provided by the Palais Garnier).
As the Palais Garnier is a performance venue, for artistic or technical reasons, we cannot guarantee systematic access to the auditorium.
An identification document will be required as a deposit for the audio devices.
For security reasons, there are no luggage storage facilities available at the Opera.
The Palais Garnier, an Architectural Masterpiece
Accompanied by your guide, you will be amazed by the rich architecture and lavish decor. Your visit will begin at the Rotonde des Abonnés, originally used for welcoming spectators, where you can discover the architect's unique signature amidst the arabesques. The stunning Pythonisse will greet you before ascending the majestic Grand Staircase, leading you to the main auditorium, lounges, and foyers. The abundant decor, splendor of the numerous foyers, and variety of materials used will leave you breathless. The paintings and diverse sculptures make the Opéra Garnier not only a performing arts venue but also a true museum.
Learn more about the history of the Opéra Garnier.
You can also purchase tickets for self-guided visits to the Opéra Garnier.
After Closing to the Public
Visit the Opéra Garnier after it has closed to the public. Each year, nearly one million people discover this temple of lyrical art, the only theater in the world that is both an artistic and creative space and a monument steeped in history, captivating with its inherent beauty. Explore the immense and majestic main staircase, the grand foyer of the Opera, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, and the belt of light surrounding the building. Your guide will share numerous anecdotes about the construction of this building, designed by Charles Garnier during the reign of Napoleon III in the second half of the 19th century. The young architect was not only a lover of art but also of women. This is one of the reasons why he chose red as the predominant color, as it gives the most beautiful complexion to ladies when reflected.