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Fragonard Perfume Museum

Paris is since many years the world capital of perfumery so the city could not miss a museum dedicated to Perfume. Originally opened in 1983, the Perfume Museum has been recently renovated by historical fragrance-maker Fragonard and reopened as the Fragonard Musée du Parfum.

Fragonard Perfume Museum

Parfumerie Fragonard was founded in 1926 in Grasse (South of France). It is today one of the last representatives of the perfumes’ craft tradition in the City of Lights. In the fifties, Jean-Francois Costa (father of the current managers) started collecting precious objects linked to the world of perfumes which constitute today the heart of the museum’s collection.

Fragonard Perfume Museum

Fragonard Perfume Museum – the visit

During the 20 minutes that lasts the guided visit, scent lovers discover Fragonard’s “savoir faire” and how perfumes are made. In theory anybody can be a “maître parfumier”. In the three French schools dedicated to this Art (Paris, Versailles and Grasse) students try to memorize all the possible scents linking each one to a personal memory.

Fragonard Perfume Museum

Fragonard Perfume Museum

The second part of the visit is about the perfumery’s 3.000 years of history, from Ancient Egypt until our days, through beautiful ancient objects, images and short videos. It was interesting to learn that in different historical periods perfumes had different uses and purposes. I also learnt that until the beginning of the XXth century perfumes and their bottles were unique (made especially for one person). At that time also appeared the concept of male /female perfumes (until then perfumes were unisex) or the summer /winter perfumes.

Fragonard Perfume Museum

Fragonard Perfume Museum

The visit ends with Fragonard’s shop where scent lovers can appreciate Fragonard’s main perfumes. It was funny when our guide proposed us to guess together the main scents that each perfume had.

Fragonard Perfume Museum

As you can see Fragonard’s perfumes are sold in tin (Ti) bottles. This was due to the lack of glass after the Second World War. Tin turned to be a nice discovery because tin protects perfumes from light, heat and humidity much better than glass.

Conclusion

Fragonard Perfume Museum was a beautiful discovery. The visit was very interesting and beautiful as well as its location. If you are interested in the world of scents, this is the museum for you.

Nouveau Musée du Parfum Fragonard

IXth Arrondissement. 3-5 square de l’Opéra Louis Jouvet, M. Opéra L7,8,3. Tickets: guided free visits in English and French every 15 minutes.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Castaway with Crystal
    09/20/2016 at 1:47 pm

    Awesome! What a cool place to visit! Will have to check it out 🙂 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:16 pm

      Yeah, small but beautiful (plus it smells good 🙂 )

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    Helena
    09/20/2016 at 12:50 pm

    I think this is such a brilliant idea! Adding to my already too long must see list in Paris!

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:16 pm

      Lol! If the list gets too long you will have to come soon 😉

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    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    09/20/2016 at 12:49 am

    What a unique place to visit! I’ll be in Paris in November with my mom and we’ll definitely pop in for a visit. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:16 pm

      Cool to know, Lauren! Bon voyage 🙂

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    Carolina Colborn
    09/19/2016 at 9:11 pm

    We were glad we were able to go to Grasse and visited the Fragonard Museum there! Fascinating town!

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:17 pm

      Oh, yes, it must be cool! 🙂

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    JEM
    09/19/2016 at 8:12 pm

    This is very interesting. I’ll remember this when get back to Paris. Thanks for sharing.

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:17 pm

      You are welcome 🙂

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    Nathan
    09/19/2016 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve never been to a fragrance museum but I would love to go. I’ve seen places before where you can customize a scent but never a museum. Very interesting!

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:17 pm

      Plus it smells very good 🙂

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    Ferna
    09/19/2016 at 1:38 pm

    wow! I am so overwhelmed by this. I am such a perfume lover, and this is my first to know about Fragonard Perfume museum! I like reading articles about Paris that is different from the usual Eiffel tower and other famous tourist spot. And I will include this Fragonard perfume museum when I get to visit Paris next year. Awesome!

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    Fit Two Travel
    09/19/2016 at 7:16 am

    What an interesting museum! I think my nose would go into overdrive!

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:18 pm

      Lol! One needs some nose training but then it is ok 🙂

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    Punita Malhotra
    09/18/2016 at 4:11 pm

    Love this post. Perfumes are the ultimate in luxury for every girl and a visit to a perfume museum would be so interesting. Will make a note of this for future.

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:20 pm

      I can still smell it 🙂

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    Rebecca
    09/18/2016 at 1:17 am

    This would be such an interesting place to visit. Many years ago when I visited Paris my Mom wanted me to bring home a bottle of L’Air du Temps. And it had to be the bottle with the crystal doves on the top. I still have the bottle. 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:20 pm

      Oh, cool! What a nice souvenir 🙂

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