Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

8 rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera, Paris

4.5

The Palais Garnier is a famous landmark of the city. It has a grand design and stages excellent performances. The structure is rich in works of art, honoring great composers and performing art.

The building has majestic architecture and opulent decoration, staging ballet and dance performances. It also boasts impeccable acoustics and the largest stage in Europe.

Beautiful allegorical sculptures adorn the corners of the roof while the lower loggia displays portraits of the famous composers. Inside the Palais Garnier, you should pay special attention to the Grand Staircase, the Grand Foyer and the auditorium. The auditorium’s ceiling, depicted by a renowned painter Chagall, illustrates scenes of popular operas.

The Palais Garnier is located in the city center, within walking distance from the Louvre and the Seine. You can visit the venue through a guided tour, as well. Here, the myth of the Phantom of the Opera came into existence. 

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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  • B. Gold

    5
    - 03 September 2018 -

    The most famous Opera house in the world. Spectacular monument with gilded marble and lavish decor. Landmark named after its architect Charles Garnier. The Napoleon Ill style of architecture that was later an inspiration for many Opera houses around the world. Built for Opera performances now is mostly used for ballet, where best performers grace its stage. 1,5 English language tour, very relaxing and enjoyable walk through history of the most famous Opera house in the World. ‘Phantom of the Opera’ musical famous all around the world inspired by Opera Garnier paid tribute to this iconic testament by featuring phantom who lives in Paris Opera. I watched this fabulous show 3 times unfortunately not in Paris Opera. Opera Garnier is glorious architectural masterpiece, timeless French legacy.

  • Geoff Benjamin

    4
    - 01 September 2018 -

    Really beautiful, although we couldn’t get into the main hall because they were loading in sets for next week. The Grand Loge is meant to be reminiscent of the Mirror Hall at Versailles and totally is. In fact, I’d say it is more beautiful. If you can’t make it to Versailles do not miss the Opera House.

  • B. Gold

    5
    - 25 August 2018 -

    The most famous Opera house in the world. Spectacular monument with gilded marble and lavish decor. Landmark named after its architect Charles Garnier. The Napoleon Ill style of architecture that was later an inspiration for many Opera houses around the world. Built for Opera performances now is mostly used for ballet, where best performers grace its stage. 1,5 English language tour, very relaxing and enjoyable walk through history of the most famous Opera house in the World. ‘Phantom of the Opera’ musical famous all around the world inspired by Opera Garnier paid tribute to this iconic testament by featuring phantom who lives in Paris Opera. I watched this fabulous show 3 times unfortunately not in Paris Opera. Opera Garnier is glorious architectural masterpiece, timeless French legacy.

  • A Google User

    4
    - 14 August 2018 -

    Amazing opera house with stunning architecture and artwork on the inside. Has been host to many famous operas which give is a very magnificent feel to it. Only downside i would say is the price - €8 at a reduced price i felt was a bit high considering there wasn't actually that much to see. Nevertheless amazing on the inside - would highly recommend

  • Wadih Antoun

    5
    - 08 August 2018 -

    Must visit. Going in, we thought we're throwing our money away but it was a very nice surprise. The place is so luxurious and pretty, you can't help but be overwhelmed by the thought put into the place. I wish we had time to actually watch a performance there. At the time, they had an exhibit on Pablo Picasso's contribution to the theater which was very nice & educational.

  • David Byer

    5
    - 06 August 2018 -

    The beautiful opera House of Paris is always breathtakingly beautiful with it's golden sculptures adorning it's rooftop which spans an entire city block. The front is very rectangular and somewhat simple, for want of a better word. Then there's the side and back with the domes and towers, nooks and crannies which adds more mystery to this historic pride and historic joy. 🤗😊🙏💗😄

  • B. Gold

    5
    - 05 July 2018 -

    The most famous Opera house in the world. Spectacular monument with gilded marble and lavish decor. Landmark named after its architect Charles Garnier. The Napoleon Ill style of architecture that was later an inspiration for many Opera houses around the world. Built for Opera performances now is mostly used for ballet, where best performers grace its stage. 1,5 English language tour, very relaxing and enjoyable walk through history of the most famous Opera house in the World. ‘Phantom of the Opera’ musical famous all around the world inspired by Opera Garnier paid tribute to this iconic testament by featuring phantom who lives in Paris Opera. I watched this fabulous show 3 times unfortunately not in Paris Opera. Opera Garnier is glorious architectural masterpiece, timeless French legacy.

  • MEILIANA SINTARAGA

    5
    - 22 June 2018 -

    The experience is really magical. I would recommend for anyone to take the group tour versus the self tour. The entire place is really dedicated the Opera and the public who enjoys, appreciated Opera, and art. It's almost breathtaking and the admiration just doesn't stop. Charles Garnier the designer to the Opera House, you just need to take advantage of the entire tour with the group.

  • Thomas Andre

    5
    - 07 June 2018 -

    What a fabulous place! No wonder so many other opera houses around the world were styled and designed the same. It is fabulous outside and inside with great acoustics. There is even an outside contemporary bar with modern music which just embraces new styles. Brilliant place. A must visit.

  • Christian Pigeon

    5
    - 25 May 2018 -

    We went for a ballet at the Opera Garnier. It is definitely a must see if you are in Paris. Inside the opera is stunning and breathtaking. This should be part of the must see if you like building architecture or history. Be sure to take the guided tour as it comes with lots of history.

  • Kawika Terry

    - 16 May 2018 -

    Get yourself a tour from Viator for behind the scenes access!

  • Anonymous 2018

    - 05 May 2018 -

    Marvelous with an unexpectedly nice restaurant.

  • Valquiria Soares França

    - 21 December 2017 -

    Local lindissimo!

  • Olcay Dogukan Aydın

    - 07 October 2017 -

    We couldn't find a chance to enter because it is closed at 6 pm. But the architecture was amazing even we couldn't see the interior part.

  • Jim Stoddart

    - 28 September 2017 -

    Take the guided tour - worth it if only for access into the performance hall (but also for the facts and contextual commentary)

  • Sara Hussein

    - 07 September 2017 -

    Book a tour with a guide. It will add to your knowledge a lot

  • W.A

    - 05 September 2017 -

    Magnificent 🖤

  • Cyndie Da Rocha

    - 29 August 2017 -

    Uncredible architecture

  • Arthur Mitchell

    - 13 July 2017 -

    What an amazing building

  • Serkan Yukselir

    - 11 June 2017 -

    Fantastic!!!

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