The Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra National de Paris is a library and museum of the Paris Opera and is located in the 9th arrondissement at 8 rue Scribe, Paris, France. It is no longer managed by the Opera, but instead is part of the Music Department of the National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France or BnF). The Paris Opera Library-Museum is open daily; an admission fee is charged.Use our Paris trip itinerary builder tool to add Bibliotheque-musee de l'Opera and other attractions to your Paris vacation plans.
The Library-Museum is housed in the Palais Garnier in the Rotonde de l'Empereur, a pavilion on the west side of the theatre, which was originally designed to be the private entrance for Emperor Napoleon III. Thus, the Emperor's could directly enter in the building and avoid any assassination attempt. The library is located near the intersection of the rue Scribe with the rue Auber, streets which are named after the librettist Eugène Scribe and the composer Daniel Auber, both of whom had works performed by the Paris Opera.
After the Emperor's death in 1873 and the proclamation of the French Third Republicin 1870, President Mac-Mahon refused to use this Pavilion as a private space for the head of state. Charles Nutters succeeded in compelling Charles Garnier in transforming the pavilion into a space for the conservation of the Opera's books and archives.
Bibliotheque-musee de l'Opera Reviews
it’s a great place and beautiful architectural design building inside. In the top ! Really very pretty, many rooms, nice staff and very beautiful decorations. There are lots of things behind the scenes of opera! And as a bonus a small shop and a small restaurant very nice! I recommend this restaurant.
A beautiful building, fantastic architecture and stunning sights. Did spend a long time trying to get in and didn’t get to spend a long time there either. But definitely worth the visit.
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