Historical tour of Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
Attractions & guided tours

Historical tour of Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann

based on 9 reviews
Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday, Saturday , Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover more than 120 years of history
  • Enjoy the rooftop panoramic terrace
What to expect

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 demonstrating 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 10 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.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Guided tour in French or English
    What's not included
    • Personal expenses
    • Transfers
    • Tips
    Reduced price
    • Children under 18: reduced
    Where

    Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris

    Meeting point:

    Present your voucher to the tour guide 10 minutes prior to tour departure on the ground floor of the main store, between the stands Dior and Fendi (entrance side Boulevard Haussmann, Porte Opéra). Metro: Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette (lines 7 and 9).

    What to remember
    • Latecomers cannot be compensated with neither a postponement of the tour nor a refund
    • Vigipirate: Time for the security check during the tour is included in the visit time
    • No visitors’ cloakroom
    • Please bring an ID card or passport as guarantee in order to use the broadcast system on the Day tour. One ID card or passport per voucher required.

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    When
    • Monday, Saturday, Sunday
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    Provider
    Cultival
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the activity begins.
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