Palais Garnier

8 rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera, Paris

(13 586)

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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  • Jeff Lu

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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.

  • Conrad Egbert

    - 22 November 2017 -

    Stunning is the only word that comes to mind! The architecture and style will simply blow your mind, not to mention how immaculately preserved it is. The Opera house is still functional so maybe that helps in its upkeep and maintenance. The main staircase is art itself. Every corner of this magical place is a sight to behold. Definitely a must visit. We didn't have enough time or we would have certainly bought tickets for one of the shows. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

  • Adrian Tearle

    - 29 September 2017 -

    What an amazing, beautiful place, well worth a visit! We would have liked to have gone on the guided tour, but this was fully booked; so book ahead of you can. Fortunately the audio guide was good.

  • Scott Cunningham

    - 28 September 2017 -

    Another must-see Parisian wonder. The entry staircase is awesome. We especially loved the Chagall painting on the theater ceiling.

  • Emel Yilmaz

    - 05 September 2017 -

    The magnificient "Opera Garnier" is within walking distance of major shopping area.The architecture and style is simply breathtaking.... The Opera house is still functional...Such a beautiful building, great architecture and fascinating inside decoration.We really enjoyed our visit . Plan to spend 2-3 hours. Sit on the steps outside, drink your coke and watch the folks from all over the world :)

  • Vincent Sabio

    - 20 August 2017 -

    We spent two weeks traveling through Europe and visiting all kinds of sites -- both modern and historical -- and Palais Garnier (the Paris Opera House) was our favorite. If you visit here, definitely sign up for a guided tour! The tour includes the orchestra section of the auditorium; you sir in the front orchestra while the tour guide speaks of that part of the tour. In contrast, if you do the self-guided tour, you can see the auditorium only from the Box level (two viewing boxes on either side of the auditorium, and the boxes are very crowded). If you do a self-guided tour, then get the audio headsets that help provide the history of the building and the individual rooms and their contents.

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Palais Garnier tours

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