Moulin Rouge


The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret show in the world and has been around for over 125 years. It is located in Pigalle in the 18th Arrondissement. Today, it is a 3 hour show that includes different scenes acted out in dances, and different international acts such as mimes, acrobats, musicians, and more. Dinner is optional.


The original Moulin Rouge building (seen on the right) was first opened on October 6, 1889. It was created by a man named Joseph Oller, whose intent was to create a place for wealthy men to come and relax.
The Moulin Rouge had booming success, but on February 27th, 1915 the original building burned down. Luckily, nobody died or was injured, but the fire did destroy the entire ballroom and auditorium.
In 1921, the Moulin Rouge finally reopened and continued business as it was before. This, however, is not the Moulin Rouge that everybody knows. When Georges France bought the Moulin Rouge in 1951, he started some major renovations. After about 9 years, the Moulin Rouge was complete and is the building that is widely recognized today.
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Show Info

  • Hours:

Shows start anywhere from 7pm to 11pm. The Moulin Rouge closes at 1am because the shows are typically 3 hours long.

  • Prices:

For an adult, prices range between 82 to 205 euros for the basic ticket. VIP tickets range anywhere from 210 to 420 euros. The benefits of the VIP package vary depending on what show time you chose.

Fun Facts

  • It was the first electric building in Paris.
  • The Moulin Rouge was opened in 1889, the same year the Eiffel Tower was opened at the Universal Exposition.
  • The Féerie show cost about 8 million Euros to present. This includes all of the lights, costumes, dancers, etc.
  • The Moulin Rouge created the "Can-Can" dance.

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