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Paris: Fragonard Perfume Museum offers free tours

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Photo courtesy of Fragonard's official web site

In the list of Paris museums, one sweet-smelling attraction is sometimes overlooked. The Musee du Parfum, run by the famous perfume manufacturer Fragonard, has been offering a “behind the scents” tour of the perfume business for 25 years. And happily for us, the visit is free!

The museum is housed in a gorgeous 19th-century townhouse that drips with romantic ornamentation. The house was built by Joseph Lesoufaché, a student of Garnier, for whom the nearby Opera Garnier was named. (When we say “nearby,” we mean it. The museum is less than half a block west of the opera!)

The Fragonard Museum provides free guided tours throughout the day. Learn how perfume has been made through the ages, and inspect the elaborate tools used in their production.

Just don’t be surprised if you’re inspired to buy some wares at the end of the tour!

Visiting Fragonard’s Perfume Museum

Le musee du parfum
9, rue Scribe
Metro: Opera
Tél: +33 (0) 1 47 42 04 56

The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM, Sundays and holidays, 9 AM to 5 PM.

For more details, visit the museum’s website.

Join us again tomorrow, as our “Grand Tour” continues in Prague.

About the author

Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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7 Responses to “Paris: Fragonard Perfume Museum offers free tours”

Perfume says:

I’ve been to that place, well worth going – especially for free – if you can handle the sales pitch at the end (conveniently it drops you into the shop at the end!)

C’mon I suppose they have to make money somehow – I wouldn’t mind a sales pitch if the tour is free.

Leanne says:

My favourite perfume! I discovered it when in Eze where they also have a factory & shop – worth a visit if you’re in the pretty hill town.

Monika says:

The shop has changed my life. Here I have discovered my perfumes. Its Miranda. I can’t live without them :)

Diana says:

It is pissibility make tours for group from Poland in polish language?
Answer, please.
Best regards

Paris Tours says:

Its a great museum i saw first time in my life. I really loved this place.

dawn grant says:

Went to the Paris Store/museum in 2010 on a school trip with my daughter. Loved the tour on how perfume is made. I get wicked migraines from many perfumes, but the lady (sorry cant remember her name) was able to show me a few scents that didnt leave me violently ill. Juste un baiser is the wonderful scent that I now love. I also bought a bottle for my daughter, and mother. Will have to go back to Paris soon… almost out.

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