The Mysteries of the Opéra Garnier – After-hours tour

40 reviews


  • Climbing the majestic Grand Staircase

  • The architectural richness of the opera house

  • The paintings and sculptures

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 1hr

Tour with Commentary

  • French
  • English

Starting time 5:00 PM

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* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Come and unravel the mysteries of this remarkable Second Empire building during a cultural tour. Marvel at its architectural richness, the sheer intricacy of its interiors and the wide variety of materials which were used; then stand spellbound in the majestic auditorium! This tour will take you on a journey through the history of one of Paris's most eminent buildings. 

Commissioned by Napoleon III as part of his major renovation of Paris, the Opéra Garnier remains Europe's largest opera house, and a stunning example of the art and architecture of the Second Empire. It is the setting for many mysteries which you will have a chance to unravel, and has inspired numerous novels over the years, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera.

This exquisite venue is offering a rare chance to tour its interiors after its doors close to the public. Lose yourself in its corridors, appreciate its vivacity, marvel at the richness of its architecture and contemplate the sheer intricacy of its interiors.

Fall under the spell of the sculpture of the enigmatic Pythia, before ascending the Great Staircase which leads to the auditorium* as well as the various reception rooms and foyers.

Come and explore the timeless beauty and soak up the refined atmosphere for yourself!

Good to know

  • Availability: every Friday and Saturday (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Location: central Paris, 75009
  • Getting there: metro Opera (lines 3, 7 and 8) or Auber (RER A)
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required to book this activity
  • Animals not permitted
  • *As the Palais Garnier is primarily a theater, access to the main auditorium cannot be guaranteed in view of artistic or technical considerations
  • This tour does not include a visit to the wings
  • The tour takes place after the opera house is closed to the public, and does not include admission to the show
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

This activity cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Admission to the Opéra Garnier
  • The services of a tour guide

Not included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
  • Admission to the show
  • All other extras

Customer reviews

40 reviews
  • Une magnifique visite avec Une guide très intéressante , très bon moment
    Karine E.
    Dec 26, 2019
  • Excellente visite.
    Josée K.
    May 20, 2019
  • Surprise pour ma mère, elle a adoré ! Visite intéressante et complète, la guide (Sandrine) était très sympa, et l'opéra bien sûr est magnifique ! Seul petit bémol, cette visite ne comprends pas les coulisses.
    Aziliz D.
    Mar 11, 2019

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