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
    - 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.

  • 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

  • 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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