Museums in Paris: Palais Garnier


Remember The Phantom of the Opera, the book we read in high school? I think it’s one of the more interesting literature we’ve had to read.

During that year, my school had an inter-class drama competition. I was the script writer for my class and was working with my closest mates, so it was a lot of fun — I had the power to tweak the scripts as ridiculous as I pleased, while making sure that we don’t deviate too much from the original story. Our show ended up being very hilarious. So proud of ourselves when when we were crowned the champion!

Although the story of the phantom of the opera may spook me, it holds a dear place in my heart.

Ooh. Didn’t think I’d get to visit Palais Garnier — the opera house that inspired the story.


Palais Garnier became home to the Paris Opera since it was built in the 17th century. It’s arguably the most noteworthy opera house in the world, an “architectural masterpiece”. It’s awfully beautiful and lavish inside, Reza kept telling me (since he’s the one who prepared the itinerary). Armed with our Paris Museum Pass, we were excited to go in.

Grand Foyer
Inside Palais Garnier.

But it was a Sunday and there was something going on in there. The security wouldn’t allow us in WTF -_-‘


Well, at least we’ve been there. Next time, I’ll make sure that we get inside!

To reach Palais Garnier, you’ll need to get off at the Opera station (M3/M7/M8). Guided tours in English are available at 11:30AM and 2:30PM. Read more about Palais Garnier.

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  • Avatar
    Farah Waheda Wahid
    May 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    wow so nice, I wish one day I could be there with my lovely son… *_^

    • Avatar
      May 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      Make sure you go inside when you’re there.

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