The Palais Garnier is one of the most beautiful monuments in Paris. It was built under Napoleon III as part of the Parisian reconstruction project carried out by Baron Haussmann during the Second Empire. The architect was the unknown 35-year-old Charles Garnier, who gave the opera house its name, Palais Garnier. Building work lasted fifteen years from 1860 to 1875, interrupted by the Franco-Prussian war, the fall of the Empire and the 1871 Commune.
Opening Hours: The great staircase, the foyers, the auditorium, the museum and the temporary exhibition hall are open daily from 10am-5pm (last admission at 4:30pm). Closed January 1, May 1 and mornings during theatrical events.
Tickets: Self-guided visits are €14 for adults, €10 for students, retirees and kids under 19. For discount and last minute tickets to attend a performance, click here.
Free Entrance: Kids under 12.
Info and Services: Guided visits are available in English daily, and afterhours tours are also possible.
Heather’s Note: Home to the Phantom of the Opéra and scenes from the Hollywood version of the film Dangerous Liaisons. Enjoy the grand marble staircase and the ballroom during the visit (the audio guide is worth the trouble). The boutique is accessible from the outside if you don’t have a ticket to visit the inside.