Printemps Department Store: Secrets & Backstage

Printemps Haussmann
Until September 2022, discover an exclusive tour including two installations which highlight the historic heritage of the Printemps !

This guided tour that takes you behind the scenes of Printemps for the first time, from the basement of the department store to the rooftop terrace, with its breathtaking view of the capital, by way of the famous Art Deco dome.

In 1865, the young entrepreneur Jules Jaluzot and his wife, Augustine, established the "Printemps Department Store" (Printemps meaning “spring” in French), , with the ambition of creating a new temple of fashion and the avant-garde in a rapidly changing Paris. By choosing Boulevard Haussmann, which had just been opened, they undertook a real challenge: the Opéra Garnier was then just a vast construction site, and the hustle and bustle of the Gare Saint Lazare discouraged pedestrians.

It was the beginning of an exciting adventure, marked by a century of societal, technical and architectural revolutions. The crowds rushed to discover the latest innovations: from the first hydraulic lifts to iron and glass architecture to electric lighting, just four years after Edison's patent. Ravaged by fire, threatened by wars, Printemps has witnessed many events and has been the showcase for the inventions of its time.

Behind its façade, which is listed as an Historic Monument, in the depths of the basement, dozens of technicians and craftsmen work every day to maintain this four-building complex spread over 48 levels and total floor area of over 90 hectares. This guided tour will reveal the secrets of the architecture, history and operation of the department store. Designed as a vertical journey, you will discover one of the most beautiful views of Paris from its zinc roofs, before going down into the underground galleries. The vital infrastructure and the workshops where mirror and glazing specialists and carpenters practice their crafts will be revealed behind each open door in this maze of corridors.

With privileged access to secret passages, you can admire the highlights of Printemps including the floating stairs and the hidden face of the majestic 20-metre diameter glass dome that sits above the 50-metre tall building.

From the sky to the basement, from the Second Empire to the 21st century, from neo-classicism to the contemporary era, via Art Nouveau and Art Deco, omnipresent in its architecture, this tour is a journey to the heart of the heritage of the department store and its transformations over more than 150 years.
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Min. billing : 20 per person - Max per group : 25 per person

For preferential rates related to age, proof of identity will be required. Access may be refused in case of non compliance with the age limits.

Essential information

Health and safety measures related to COVID 19 :
- Wearing a mask (not provided) is recommended but not compulsory
- In this context, audiophones will not be provided
- The tour circuit is designed to respect a one-way traffic flow

Booking :
- For groups, this tour is also available upon request in English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Russian, Arabic and Portuguese.
- Private tours can be organized after opening hours : get in touch with our commercial team

Additional information :
- Due to the activity of the place, we cannot guarantee access to all spaces
- No visitors’ cloakroom.

A taste of the visit

"Très intéressant, guide parfait"
Reviewed 26/05/2019 by 911cymk
Visite très intéressante, le guide connaît parfaitement son sujet, très agréable. Je vais renouveler cette expérience Cultival, car les sujets sont intéressants, l’inscription très facile et de... » more

"Le Printemps"
Reviewed 17/04/2019 by domsoccia
On connait tous le Printemps, temple de la mode. Mais le découvrir sous un autre angle et avec les commentaires éclairés de notre guide, a été un réel plaisir.
De ses origine, aux ateliers... » more

Additional informations

  • Address
    • Printemps Haussmann
    • 64, boulevard Haussmann
    • 75009 Paris
  • Access
    • Métro : Havre Caumartin (L9, L3) ou Chaussée d'Antin-Lafayette (L7) ou Saint-Lazare (L3, L12, L13 et L14)
      RER : Auber (RER A) ou Haussmann-Saint-Lazare (RER E)
    • Bus : Havre-Caumartin (L22, L32, L53, L66) ou Havre-Haussmann (L20, L21, L22, L24, L27, L29, L81, L94, L95)
  • Practical information
    • Bar inside
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
Printemps Department Store

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Question about your order ? Call us at +33(0)1 42 46 92 10 (0,15€/min)


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