1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann: Guided Historical Tour

Product ID: 110503
Discover the famous Galeries Lafayette through an architectural and historical visit, that includes access to the top floor.
About this activity
Duration: 70 minutes
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English, French
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  • Discover the Galeries Lafayette
  • Take an architectural and historical guided tour
  • See the iconic monument of Paris, with a world-wide reputation
  • Visit the dome, the balconies and the monumental staircase
Full description
The company founded in Paris in December 1893 is today both an iconic monument of the capital, with a world-wide reputation and welcoming more than 100,000 visitors per day over an area of 70,000 square meters. Opened in 1894, the modest shop was quickly a great success.

On the facade of the building, several styles demonstrate the successive enlargements of the store: Haussmann, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and the drugstore spirit of the 1960s. At the center of this unique heritage property is the neo-byzantine dome, the heart of this theater of fashion.

This guided tour will take you through the aisles of the store, cross the emblematic spaces of the place and take the staff private elevators to the panoramic terrace. You will understand how the founders invented an architecture adapted to the needs of commerce. Borrowed from the architectural vocabulary of the sacred as well as that of the spectacle, the dome, the balconies and the monumental staircase turn the heads of visitors. Your guide will tell you the history of the majestic dome and the hidden message behind the ten coats of arms which surmount the pillars of the great hall.

You will then use the staff elevators to access the top floor. Continue your journey through the floors, discover the ingenious system of operation of the double wall of the dome and the remains of the staircase of Louis Majorelle.

An architectural and historical visit which will make you discover more than 120 years of history of a family business.
  • Guided tour in French or English
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers
  • Tips

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

On the ground floor of the main store, between the stands Dior and Fendi (entrance side Boulevard Haussmann). Please arrive 10 minutes before your visit.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
The Galeries Lafayette have Vigipirate Security Systems. The extra time needed for the security check is included in the visit time.
There is no visitors’ cloakroom
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
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complete, with documents, questions and answers, fitted with earpiece

thanks to the headset, we can hear the guide, who completes his explanations with images, maps, who answers questions, just over an hour to learn.

July 29, 2019

Very interesting but too short visit

Inaccessible terrace and comments amidst the rush of customers

April 28, 2019

March 1, 2020

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Product ID: 110503