The wings of the Lyon National Opera Guided tours

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Tour proposed by Lyon tourisme et Congrès

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

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!


Good to know

Caution: The Opera house has many stairs (including 14 levels without lift).
Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity

Health and safety commitments

Afin d'assurer la sécurité de nos visiteurs, toutes les visites proposées par ONLYLYON Tourisme ont été adaptées avec des parcours favorisant la distanciation physique et le respect des règles d’hygiène en vigueur :

  • 12 visiteurs maximum par groupe
  • Masque ou visière obligatoire pendant toute la durée de la visite pour la/le guide et tous les participants dès 11 ans
  • Distance de 1m respectée entre les participants
  • Nos guides sont équipés d’un kit d’hygiène 
  • Notre guide est le seul à effectuer des contacts (ouverture de portes, interrupteurs…) 
  • Nous n'entrerons dans aucune traboule ou cour habitée par respect pour les habitants



Guided tour on foot


Metro A or C > Hôtel de Ville

Meeting point

In front of the Lyon NationaI Opera, Place de la Comédie - Lyon 1st

Adults €13.00
Children under 8 Free
With Lyon City Card Free

The art of details

The lighting of the dome of the Opera house in Lyon, which was renovated in 1993, is also a work of art! This red light varies in intensity depending on the number of people attending evening representations.

This tour is available
for groups

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This guided tour is included
with the
Lyon City Card

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