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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Reviews

  • 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.

  • Keller Giacomarro

    4
    - 24 May 2018 -

    The building itself and its history were fascinating - my entire family really enjoyed it. However, I can't recommended a guided tour. The tour guide was okay, but we didn't see any area that you couldn't see via the cheaper self-guided tour. The self-guided tour also has an audio guide that contains more information than we received. So definitely go, but don't waste your money on the guided tour.

  • Mark Doctoroff

    5
    - 17 May 2018 -

    When built, about 150 years ago [it took about 15 years to build], it was the most expensive and opulent. It is named for the architect, who also designed the 7 ton chandelier. In addition, its fame was increased when it was the model for the "Phantom of the Opera"!! One can take a guided or unguided tour of this very impressive building [which seats about 2,000 people]-- with interesting features both on the inside and the exterior. In addition to housing the Opera it also houses [more frequently now] the Ballet as well as the Paris Opera-Ballet Museum and Library [the latter is managed by the French National Library! I hope that this Review has been helpful!

  • Suzanne Long

    5
    - 18 April 2018 -

    What a stunning and magical place! I saw the Ballet which was excellent. But the building! Absolutely unbelievable. It is dripping in gold and decadence. Truly a relic of an earlier time. Well worth visiting. Don't miss the statues of famous French Baroque composers (and some non- Frenchmen who became famous in Paris) in the entry lobby.

  • Mister Morne Van der Berg

    5
    - 05 April 2018 -

    If you visit Paris and you cannot make it to Versailles, this is at least as beautiful as it gets if you don't have too much time either. This opera house is a lovely place to take a walk through and see some of the most beautiful interior in richly decorated Baroque style. If you have seen "Smurfs 2" you might also recognize the interior of the main auditorium. Typical of many of these beautiful old buildings in Paris, you feel like going back in time when you visit a place like this. I was also glad to be able to take a few nice photos there. Thank you, city of Paris!

  • Jeff Lu

    5
    - 04 February 2018 -

    As a classical music lover, the Garnier is one of the top sites of Paris for me. The palace is grandeur and beautiful inside and out. The guided tour is well worthwhile. The regret I have is that I was not able to catch a live performance here. The gift shop offers an extensive collections of recorded materials and books.

  • a bc

    5
    - 22 January 2018 -

    Really enjoyed visiting this place. The sculptures are just so refined! I wished I had time to have the tour guides to get more info about the place though. Better book in advance if possible. There was no queue

  • Guy Gisser

    5
    - 03 January 2018 -

    One of the iconic sights in Paris, and in my opinion - one of the most mesmerizing structures in the world. Whether you’re looking for a touristic sightseeing during the day (€12), to discover the magnificent grand staircase or the famous Chagall ceiling; or a part of an upscale opera/dance audience (€30-€250), Palais Garnier is a “do not miss” spot on the city of lights’ map for anyone visiting this amazing city. Note: visitors’ entrance is on the back of the building, not through the front gates.

  • Troy Ferrell

    5
    - 29 December 2017 -

    This is by far the most beautiful opera house we have ever visited. Me and my fiancee went to a show here during Christmas time and it was a magical experience. The entire building is just stunning, especially with one of their halls decorated for the holiday season. Tickets were also reasonably priced and we greatly enjoyed having one of the upper side boxes. We also lucked out that no one else bought tickets in our booth so we had the whole area to ourselves!

  • SteveSmith

    4
    - 08 December 2017 -

    The theatre is incredible. Beautiful architecture. Definitely worth seeing. We paid extra for nice seats that were not cheap. I got stuck behind a guy with a big head. Spent the whole time leaning to the right to see the performance. Our seats were in the first balcony straight in front of the stage 3rd row. Looking down towards the stage with a big person in front doesn't work. Performance was very good. 5 stars if I could have seen the stage.

  • 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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