- Get your phantom on in the place that inspired the hit musical. Take a self-guided tour of the most beautiful opera house in the world
- Discover the hidden nooks and crannies, see the temporary exhibition and the sweeping Grand Staircase
- See the auditorium's famous Chagall ceiling and the 7-ton chandelier that hangs from its center
To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera, Opéra Garnier is showcasing an exhibition which retraces the history of the Paris Opera.
The Paris Opera was based upon the 'Italian model', which drew its early influences from traveling Italian performers, and thrived thanks to the cultural policies of Queen Marie de' Medici. The struggle leading up to the French Revolution was to make Parisian opera more reflective of national ambition, while also looking at the prevailing transalpine model for inspiration.
This exhibition opens up the flamboyant chapters of the Paris Opera and showcases prominent figures such as Louis XIV, Lully, Campra, and Gluck – who were integral in forging Paris's reputation as one of Europe's musical capitals.
Opéra Garnier is a Parisian icon. To those in the know, this opulent opera and ballet house is as much a part of the cultural fabric of this city as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, or the Tour Eiffel. And to everyone around the world, it's known as the setting for The Phantom of the Opera. Perhaps the most beautiful opera house in the world, Opéra Garnier is packed with history. Take a self-guided tour of this remarkable home of the music (of the niiiight).
Opéra Garnier (also known as Palais Garnier) has swinging chandeliers, a grand marble staircase leading to its Grand Foyer, and a 2,000 seat auditorium. You'll be transported to the rich elegance of yesteryear as you take a self-guided tour of this beautiful building.
Charles Garnier designed this opera house for Emperor Napoleon III, and construction began in 1862, but the project was held up by the discovery of an underground lake onsite. Tour groups aren't allowed down to the Phantom's lair, but considering how it turned out in Gaston Leroux's novel Phantom of the Opera, maybe that's for the best.
However, you will visit many hidden nooks and crannies that make this one of the largest theaters in the world (by acreage). See the impressive façade and its rose marble columns, check out the intricacies of the friezes, admire the auditorium's seven-ton chandelier and the Grand Foyer's mosaic-covered ceiling, and make sure to take in the temporary exhibitions.
Like the sweeping drama of the musical it inspired, everything you do in here will feel epic.
- Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance, after the security check
- Last admission is 30 minutes before closure
- Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
- Changes are not possible for this ticket
Take any public transport that stops at Opéra Garnier.