In 1860, Charles Garnier won an architectural competition with project that was an exuberant mixture of pomp, refinement and eclecticism. And so the largest opera house in Europe was built, in the style of the Second Empire.
Degas was a great lover of music and dance and regularly attended the Opera. He enjoyed stepping backstage and attending rehearsals both on stage or in the entrance hall.
Self-guided and guided tours introduce you to the décor that inspired the artist. Discover the architectural richness, abundance of decoration and variety of materials used on a tour that takes you from the Rotonde des Abonnés – the former reception area for theatre-goers – to the auditorium, rooms and halls, via the majestic Grand Staircase...
Your ticket includes admission to the public areas, namely:
the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra (National Library of France, permanent collection, scale models, works of art), the Rotonde des Abonnés and Bassin de la Pythie, the Grand Escalier, the Grand Foyer and Avant Foyer, the Salon de la lune and Salon du soleil, the Rotonde du Glacier and the tapestries.
Admission to the auditorium may be restricted or denied for technical and/or artistic reasons. Tickets also include admission to the temporary exhibitions, see the programme on :
All year round, daily between 10 am and 5 pm. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Open every day from 10am to 5pm (last entry 45 minutes before closing time).
Closed on days of special events. Open from 10am to 6pm (last entry 45 minutes before closing) during the summer period.
Group adults: 8 € (+ flat booking fee in addition to the price of the tickets: €45 per group)
Group children: 7 € (Schools groups (max 35 persons)
+ flat booking fee in addition to the price of the tickets: €20 per group).
Free entry for children < 12 years, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 20 people.
Adult: 7 to 11 € (Reduced price and full price).
Free entry for children < 12 years.
See the full list of prices on the website :
Adult and child multimedia guide available in French sign language.
Child audioguide in French
Adult multimedia guide in French and in English
For more information, see the accessible establishments directory at www.accessible.net.