(meet guide at designated location – no transportation included)
After hours tour of the Opera house's public areas (after the Opera shuts to the general public)
Who has not dreamt of being locked up in this Palace of a thousand secrets, such as the famous Phantom… of the Opera? Meandering through the artistic treasure that is the Opera Garnier, this is the unique feeling that will be offered to you by our guide. Lose yourself in its silent corridors, be amazed by its rich architecture and the abundant decor. The disconcerting Pythonisse will greet you before you take the majestic “Grand Escalier”, bringing you to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers. A timeless classic guided tour.
In 1860, a contest was launched for the construction of a new opera house in Paris. It was young architect Charles Garnier's project which was unanimously adopted for its exuberant mix of ostentatious and eclectic baroque architecture. Today, the Palais Garnier undoubtedly embodies the architecture that best represents the art of the Second Empire, and stands as a symbol of the luxury and pleasures of the French capital. 73 sculptors and 14 painters worked on it until its inauguration in January 1875. Measuring 172m in length and 124m in breadth, the Opera Garnier is the largest opera house in Europe, with the capacity to welcome more than 2000 people.
The Palais Garnier, being a show site, for technical or artistic reasons, we cannot guarantee systematic access to the Auditorium.
Availability: Monday - Saturday, 5pm
IMPORTANT: there can be availability issues so it is ALWAYS subject to availability.
Note: Because of new security measures, visitors are to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the visit.