Our buildings

  • The Cité de la musique, designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in 1995, which houses two concert halls (900 and 250 seats), the Museum of Music and a Media Library.

Discover the architecture of the Cité de la musique

  • La Philharmonie, designed by the architect Jean Nouvel and open to the public since January 2015, which includes a 2400-seat symphonic hall, multiple rehearsal rooms, educational facilities and temporary exhibition areas.

Discover the architecture of the Philharmonie 

Our venues

When the doors open

The doors of the Grande Salle and of the Salle des concerts open 30 minutes before the start of concerts and shows. 

The doors of Amphitheatre and of the Conference Hall  open 20 minutes before the start of concerts and shows

Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique
Amphithéâtre - Cité de la musique
Conference hall - Philharmonie
Studio - Philharmonie

Free services

The Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris offers a variety of services to help make your visit as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Musée de la musique
Temporary exhibitions areas
Visitors with disabilities
For groups

Gift & book shop Harmonia Mundi

The Gift & Book Shop in both buildings of the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris carries a large selection of books, CDs and DVDs from every musical genre. Here, you'll also find the exhibition catalogues, original gift ideas, and plenty of books and CDs for youngsters in the children’s section!


Ground level

A gift shop in the main foyer on the park level opens during exhibitions and events.

Level 3

For every event in the Grande salle Pierre Boulez (Symphonic Hall), a gift shop is open before and after the show, and during intermissions.


The Gift & Book Shop at the entrance to the Museum carries thousands of CDs from every musical genre, as well as a large selection of books about music.

It is open during the day, as well as before each event in the Salle des Concerts (Concert Hall) or Amphitheatre and during intermissions.

Opening hours (subject to change during exhibition periods or special events):

  • Tuesday to Friday – 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 6pm and until 8:30pm on concert evenings

Closed on Friday, May 1st.

Restaurants & bars

Designed to be liveable and welcoming, the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris boasts a variety of cafés and restaurants where you can prolong a musical outing, relax between activities, or take a break when you’re in the area.

Intermission refreshments

At concert times, refreshment counters at various points throughout the Philharmonie and Cité de la musique offer a selection of drinks and light snacks. Serving one hour before the show and during intermissions.

L’Atelier - Café
Le Café de la musique


The rooftop viewpoint offers an extraordinary panorama of northeast Greater Paris.

The architect Jean Nouvel designed the Philharmonie as a hill that invites visitors to its top, a third Parisian ‘butte’ joining those of Chaumont and Montmartre, and a new summit from which visitors have a spectacular view of northeastern Paris blending seamlessly into the outskirts. This continuity in the urban fabric of the greater metropolitan area, which the view from the building’s heights so clearly illustrates, is emblematic of the ambitions behind the Philharmonie de Paris, conceived as a bridge between the capital and its neighbouring communities, a meeting place for all. The roof can be reached via exterior lifts located in front of the main hall. Thirty-seven metres off the ground, at the ninth floor, visitors arrive onto a vast plateau from which they have a panoramic view of Aubervilliers, Pantin and Lilas, and prominent monuments and landmarks such as the Romainville telecom tower, Buttes-Chaumont park, Montparnasse Tower, Dôme des Invalides, the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, La Défense and the Stade de France, et cetera. After taking in Greater Paris from this extraordinary vantage point, visitors can either return to the ground level by lift, or follow a mountain path that zigzags down the north face of the building to the sprawling lawn of Parc de la Villette.

The Parc de la Villette

The environment of the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris is full of history. Discover the evolution of the Parc de la Villette from the 18th century to the present day.

The parc today
A place steeped in history
A second lease of life to la Villette