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The wings of the Lyon National Opera

Visits and discovery tours

Last updated date : 13/10/2023

From the top of the pediment of the Opera revisited by Jean Nouvel, eight muses are watching you ... but where's the ninth?

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The visit of the Lyon Opera is a spectacle in itself.

Today’s opera house stands on the site of an 18th century theatre, imagined by Soufflot and rebuilt in the 19th century by Chenavard and Pollet.
A century later, the Lyon National Opera, renovated by Jean Nouvel, was inaugurated in 1993.

This is your opportunity to discover the extent of the project of the French architect who renovated the 18th century Opera house, preserving its neo-classical façade by surmounting it with an imposing glass dome.

This tour is for entertainment enthusiasts, curious to see what's behind the curtain ... But not only ... It will also attract fans of contemporary theater architecture too.

Indeed, this unique discovery backstage at the Opera de Lyon also offers the opportunity to reveal some of the work of Jean Nouvel.

The opera house reveals its 18 partly buried levels: public spaces, scenic or rehearsal studio.

An architectural feat in service of Art!

Duration of the visit : 1h30. Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.

Practical information


Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er




Adult: 15 €.

Free entry for children < 8 years.

Free with Lyon City Card.


On reservation only.

Visits and discovery tours

The wings of the Lyon National Opera

The Lyon Opera House

Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

+33 (0)4 72 77 69 69

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This activity is included in the Lyon City Card!

The essential tourist and cultural pass to make the most of your stay in Lyon!