Opéra Garnier Sophie Dos Santos

Palais Garnier

The Parisian temple to opera and classical ballet, the Palais Garnier is also an architectural masterpiece of the Second Empire.
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Description

Adjacent to the shopping pantheons, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the opera designed by Charles Garnier in 1875 is an architectural feat open to the public.

A lavish setting

Under an opulent, 30-meters-high vault, the spectacular double staircase leads to the Grand Foyer, and to the different floors in the auditorium. As you enter the horseshoe-shaped theatre, prepare to be stunned by the beauty before you. The colossal auditorium is decorated in velvet and gilding, with a bronze and crystal chandelier outfitted with 340 lights, weighing nearly 8 tons, hanging above it all. Glance up, and you will find yourself utterly spellbound by the ceiling painted by Marc Chagall.

Barring show times, which can include classic or contemporary performances, you may also visit the museum-library, the Orchestra Gallery, the Grand Vestibule and most notably, the Grand Foyer. Inspired by the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, it has a breathtaking view from the Place de l’Opéra all the way to the Louvre. Guided visits and audioguides in several languages are also available.

Opéra Garnier and the Impressionists

One of the oldest and most prestigious classic dance companies in the world, the historic Opéra Garnier dance school still trains future ballet stars. It also inspired several works of art by the Impressionist painter Edgar Degas, a regular at the Opéra, whose famous painting “*The Dance Class*”, and the sculpture “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” are both exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay.

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Access and contact

Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS 09

Métro : Opéra (Lines 3, 7 and 8) Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette (Line 7 and 9) RER A - Auber Bus : lines 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

Days and opening hours

All year round, daily between 10 am and 4.30 pm. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and May 1st. Except for matinee performances and unscheduled closures. Without show, the boutique and the restaurant are still open.

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Tour

Spoken languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch

Guided tour languages

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Danish

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Korean

Bulletin board languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Korean

Single mean time tour

90 mins
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Parking
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • performance room with a reserved space
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
Parking
  • visual intercom
  • adapted access control to the car park
Accueil
  • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
  • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled visioguide
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
Sanitaires
  • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
  • changing table
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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