Cultural events

Museum of the Opera Library


from January 15, 1992 Opéra Library

Permanent exhibition

Opera Library/Gallery

Located in the smoking room of the former ‘Pavillon de l'Empereur’ at the Opéra Garnier, the museum of the Opera Library presents on an ongoing basis a selection of documents among the 800 000 items housed in its premises: paintings, sculptures, models, stage jewellery, archives concerning the architecture of the Palais Garnier and the various shows that the Académie de Musique et de la Danse has been producing for three centuries. In the low rotunda, the museum of the Opera Library also presents temporary exhibitions.

Temporary exhibition

Les bijoux de scène de l’Opéra – Savoir-faire et techniques
(The stage jewels of Paris Opera – Know-how and techniques)

Since 9 April 2017
Opera Library/Low rotunda

Stage prop

The stage jewels are real marvels of the art of scenic illusion. Full of inventiveness, they mix together dressings from the shops of the Faubourg du Temple and drawer knobs or clock hands! In the 1980s, the Paris Opera donated to the BnF over 4 000 stage jewels dating back to the 1860-1930 period. The museum of the Opera Library presents a selection of these jewels. A thematic path proposes to discover in 10 showcases the various materials used: pearls, cameos, leather, feathers, glass jewellery and precious stones, textile and mixed techniques (horn, plastic, others).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018