Paris behind the scenes

Unusual visits: the hidden side of Parisian monuments.

Parisian monuments are undoubtedly among the most famous buildings in the world: the Bastille Opera House, the Musée Grévin, the Comédie-Française ... They all have a story to tell and they all have many treasures that a classic visit does not always reveal.

To explore the Capital in greater depth, go behind the scenes of Paris’s monuments! Accompanied by a specialist guide, unravel the secrets of places that make the City of Light so rich and multifaceted: concert halls, sporting complexes, a photo studio, museums, cabarets and even the Eiffel Tower will hold no more secrets for you!

Eiffel Tower

Tour Eiffel et visiteurs, Paris © OTCP - Daniel Thierry

Discover the behind-the-scenes of the most emblematic monument in Paris! Cultival takes you into areas that are usually inaccessible to the public, such as the engine room from which the lifts of the Eiffel Tower are operated, a former military bunker, and the roof of the starred restaurant ‘Jules Verne’ that affords breathtaking panoramic views of the capital!

Rates: €25 - €29

The Palais Garnier Opera House

Palais Garnier - Grand foyer © Patrick Tourneboeuf

The Palais Garnier Opera House offers a backstage guided tour ... after the monument has closed to the public. A timeless atmosphere reigns as the Grand Staircase, the Auditorium, lounges and foyers reveal all their secrets to visitors on this VIP discovery tour of the artistic and architectural treasures of the legendary opera house.

Rates: €15,50

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, façace © Fotolia - miff32

The world’s most famous cathedral also unveils its mysteries! Accompanied by a guide, discover the treasures of this magnificent Gothic monument on a special visit, when the building is closed to the public.

Rates: €35

The Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie © Beaucardet

Inaugurated in January 2015, the Philharmonie de Paris is a concert hall with outstanding architecture! Designed by Jean Nouvel, it welcomes major international orchestras. It invites the public behind the scenes for a closer appreciation of this musical world.

Rates: €9 - €13,50

Book a guided tour of the Philharmonie

 Hôtel des Invalides

Le Dôme des Invalides, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Commissioned by Louis XIV, the Hôtel des Invalides is one of the most prestigious buildings in Paris. After closing time, discover its many secrets in the company of a guide for a privileged visit that includes the impressive main courtyard, the Dôme church … not to mention the tombs of military men who have marked history, such as Vauban or Foch, and the monumental tomb of Napoleon.

Rates: €9,90 - €14,50

Book a guided tour of the Hôtel des Invalides

The Bastille Opera House

Opéra Bastille, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

The curtain is also lifted on national opera at the Bastille! Outside opening hours, visitors can explore one of the most prestigious Parisian institutions. Discover the places where stage sets are kept, the public foyers, the huge auditorium, as well as the machinery and workshops of this prestigious monument! A great way to unlock the secrets around the staging of the greatest operas.

Rates: €11 - €15

Book a guided tour of the Bastille Opera House

The Stade de France

Stade de France, vue aérienne, Paris © Stade de France®  Macary Zublena et Regembal Costantini architectes - ADAGP Paris 2014 - F. Aguilhon

Follow in the footsteps of the greatest international sportsmen and women and singers by exploring this legendary stadium and hearing a myriad of anecdotes. From the corridors to the dressing rooms, the Stade de France unveils areas normally closed to the public providing you with the opportunity to go into the main arena of the largest sporting and cultural venue in France.

Rates: €10 - €15

Book a guided tour of the Stade de France

The Grand Rex

Salle Panoramique du Grand Rex, Paris © DR

A replica of the Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Grand Rex cinema is a movie theatre with quite remarkable decor. This historic listed building unfolds its secrets in the course of a visit behind the screen.

Rates: €9 - €11

Book a guided tour of the Grand Rex

The Comédie-Française

Comédie Française - Salle Richelieu © Cosimo Mirco Magliocca collection

A veritable institution for theatre in France, the Comédie-Française is housed in the building of the Palais-Royal. In February 2016, it offers a privileged backstage visit of this monument – a landmark site in the history of theatre!

Rates: €8 - €12

Book a guided tour of the Comédie-Française

Théâtre du Châtelet

Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Go behind the curtain and discover the backstage of one of Paris’s greatest theatres. Accompanied by a guide, explore what goes on backstage during a performance and see what it is like to be in the place of an actor.

Rates: €10,50 - €15,50

Book a guided tour of the Théâtre du Châtelet

Musicals at the Théâtre Mogador

Théâtre Mogador, intérieur, Paris © OTCP - DR

Explore musicals backstage at the Mogador theatre! Mamma Mia, Cabaret, Cats ... top shows are performed on the stage of this legendary theatre. A great backstage exploration of the world of musicals.

Rates: €10,90 - €15,90

Book a guided tour of the Théâtre Mogador

Vincennes Racecourse

Behind the scenes at an equestrian venue! Vincennes Racecourse, a reference for trotting events, offers exciting forays into the world of racing horses, with a visit to the stables in the company of an expert on the subject.

Rates: free, on-site registration

From 15/03 to 01/07 and 01/09 to 31/12 (Tuesday and Friday)

The Musée Grévin

Musée Grévin - Salle des colonnes

Edith Piaf, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Roberto Benigni, Angelina Jolie … You’ll find them all at the Musée Grévin! In total, there are more than 250 personalities to be admired and photographed in the Museum’s sumptuous decor. How are the wax figures made? What secrets are they hiding? So many questions to which the answers can be found on a discovery tour for young visitors.

Rates: €20,50

Book a guided tour of the Musée Grévin

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