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
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.