Library-museum of the National Opera

Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra National de Paris

8, rue Scribe, Paris,
Admission: EUR 10
(Price includes the visit of the Opera)
Wheelchair Access

Opening Times

Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed on French Bank holidays
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Tube : Opéra (3, 7, 8), RER Auber.

The Opera Library-Museum is located inside the Opéra Garnier and has its origins in the Opera’s library and archives created in 1866 and in the museum opened to public in 1881. Today the management is separate from the Opera itself and is under the gestion National Library since 1935.

The Opera Library holds major resources about the architecture of the Palais Garnier, set sketches, costumes, programmes, jewels… and archives concerning the shows performed by the Académie de Musique et de Danse over the last three centuries.

The modern museum has five rooms which display three centuries of the Paris Opera's history through paintings, costumes, drawings of scenery, and scale models of set designs.

Visitors are also able to see shelves of books and scores, which are protected by grilles. These materials include 15,000 scores and 30,000 librettos and are accessible to the public on days when the museum is not open for tours. The museum's collections are too extensive to be displayed all at one time, as they consist of approximately 8,500 objects, including 2,500 models of sets, 500 set design drawings, and 3,000 pieces of costume jewelry.

The Library-Museum has organized more than 25 exhibitions since 1992, in collaboration with the National Library and others. Some of the items in the collection have also been displayed at the Musée d'Orsay.

© Opera Garnier / E.B.

Past exhibitions at Library-museum of the National Opera - now closed:
Rameau and the stage 16th Dec 2014 - 8th Mar 2015
The Ballets Suédois 11th Jun 2014 - 28th Sep 2014