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visite guidée Palais Garnier

Visit The Palais Garnier

Almost 150 years old and classified as a historical monument since 1923, discover a dazzling and unrivaled place, in the very center of Paris: the Palais Garnier.

Discover a unique and prestigious place in the heart of Paris

This calendar shows the guided tours available in English!

Individual rates


23.00 €

16.50 €

Reduced Rate*

Under 10 years

10.00 €

26.00 €

Single rate for visits after closing

Free for children under 4 and accompanying disabled people.
*Under 25s, disabled people, seniors (over 65s), jobseekers, students.

Several tours are available. Consult our tour descriptions to book the time slot corresponding to the tour of your choice.

Practical information

Doors open at 10am. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled visit.


Luggage is not accepted on the site and no left luggage is available for security reasons. Scooters, rollerblades, skateboards and electric scooters are strictly forbidden in the Palais Garnier.

ATTENTION: Mystery visits are unavailable between 15/07 and 01/09.

Mystery visits: The visit is not accessible to people with reduced mobility after 5 pm.

Access to the auditorium may be impossible for reasons beyond our control.

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Discover the world's most beautiful opera house on one of our guided tours

Discover a unique and prestigious place in the heart of Paris: the Palais Garnier.

Several visits are to be discovered:

Intermezzo visit to the Palais Garnier: Through the rooms of the Opera accessible to the public, discover the extraordinary history of the Palais Garnier, a monument of architecture and a total work of art. Length of visit: 1 h 30 - (any time slot other than Belle Époque).

Visit Palais Garnier in the Belle Epoque: Go back in time with Charles Garnier, experience the atmosphere of the temple of social life in the 19th century, let yourself be transported and join the dance! Length of visit: 1 h 30 - (usually between 11 h 30 and 15 h 30).

Visit The Mysteries of the Palais Garnier (after closing):
  Discover all the secrets of the Paris Opera in this visit outside opening hours to the general public. In a cozy atmosphere, discover or rediscover a timeless place. Length of visit: 1h15 - (after 5pm closing time). VISIT UNAVAILABLE BETWEEN 15/07 AND 01/09.

The Palais Garnier: a hymn to magic

Initiated by Napoleon III after an attempted attack and inaugurated in January 1875, it was after 15 years of work carried out by Charles Garnier, an architect unknown at the time, that the Palais Garnier was born. Today, this building, also called Opéra Garnier is one of the most emblematic monuments of the 9th arrondissement.

Spread over an area of 11,000 m², this eclectic style building will charm you with its many influences: Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles...

Enter the largest opera house in France and enjoy its famous grand staircase, the Bassin de la Pythie or its sumptuous grand foyer and lounges.

How to get to the Palais Garnier?


Palais Garnier
1 rue Auber
75009 Paris


Metro: Opera / Chaussée d'Antin (L3 / L7 / L8)
RER: Auber
Bus: 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95
Parking: Haussmann Galeries Lafayette 75009 Paris


Explore the Opéra Garnier with your students on one of our guided tours!

Cycle 1 School Visit : 

Designed for nursery school pupils aged between 3 and 6, this Cycle 1 school visit will enable your pupils to discover the Palais Garnier through a rich sensory experience, placing observation at the centre of the visit.  It will teach them to use language by encouraging them to put into words their emotions, feelings and impressions. Role-playing activities will enable them to learn and discover through play, using the major concepts that they are learning about at school: shapes, colours and the senses. 


Length of visit: 1 h 30 

Public: Nursery school children (3 to 6 years old) 


Cycle 2 School Visit : 

At the age when children are beginning to learn to read, introduce your pupils to music by explaining that, like a book, music can be read, played and told in spellbinding stories. Through this captivating experience, your pupils will explore the fascinating world of art, broadening their artistic horizons and stimulating their imagination. Introduce your students to the world of opera and its rich vocabulary: ballet, auditorium, stage, orchestra pit, opera singers and much more. As well as its spectacular architecture, explore the pictorial and sculptural works in the Palais Garnier that enrich the timeless art of opera.

Length of visit: 1 h 30

Public: primary school

Cycle 3 School Visit : 

Explore the many areas of artistic expression with your pupils on our cycle 3 school visit. Discover the eclecticism of the arts and allegorical representations that will arouse their curiosity and enrich their understanding of the artistic world. During this exciting excursion, your pupils will be introduced to the allegorical representations of music and opera, from the inspirational muses to the symbolic caryatids of Tragedy and Comedy. 

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Second Empire and the background to the construction of this architectural masterpiece, the Palais Garnier. Explore the spellbinding myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, represented in the Grand Escalier. Discover also the legend of Apollo and Hermes, who gave birth to the lyre, the timeless symbol of music. As well as nourishing their minds with history and mythology, your students will understand the basic concepts inherent in each form of artistic expression, from the organisation of space through architecture to the expression of feelings through music.


Length of visit: 1 h 30

Public: primary school and secondary school

To book a school visit, please contact our reservations department:

For further...

The Arop, Association for the Outreach of the National Opera of Paris, offers you unique private tours of the Palais Garnier. The latter reveals its most secret places to you, such as the "Lac de l'Opéra", the   sewing workshops or the mysterious "castans room".

The funds collected through the sale of backstage tours are used to finance the activities of the Opéra national de Paris: shows, tours, educational projects, or even the purchase of equipment for the workshops.

Find all the information by clicking here or by downloading the brochure here

And discover the Arop here:

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