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Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard Perfume Museum

The Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard is a perfume museum in Paris that is owned and run by the Fragonard Company who has been creating exquisite perfumes since 1926.

Fragonard create perfumes utilising traditional methods and the most modern production techniques in combination and although they obviously promote the fragrances they produce within the boutique, the museum is dedicated to providing an insight into perfumery through the ages.

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Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard Perfume Museum

The company has factories in Grasse and Eze-Village on the French Riviera, which is where they opened their first museum back in 1978, but with the rich history of perfume dating back to the Royal Courts of Chateau de Versailles and Paris still being the perfume capital of the world, what better place to open a museum, than in this incredible city.

And they haven't now just got one, but Fragonard now have two museums in Paris and the second which was opened in 1993 called Theatre Musee des Capucines is situated only a short walk from the first and has a mock up of a 19th century factory inside the renovated theatre.

But the first one called Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard was opened in Paris in 1983 and is sometimes known as the Scribe Museum and it is located in the heart of Paris in the 9th arrondissement, which is just around the corner from the other museum and a few steps from the Opéra Garnier.

This museum is not far from the Place Vendôme and is situated in a lovely Napoleon III style town house that was built by Lesoufaché in the year 1860, and you will find that the decor has still been kept original to that time period, so you can enjoy stepping back in time.

Here you can discover the history of perfume right through from the Egyptians to the 19th century and even more up to date with the more main stream including after-shaves.  This is achieved through bottles, incense burners, porcelain scent bottles, paintings, engravings, test tubes and presentations of plants and animal raw materials that are utilised in the production of these fragrances.

Fragonard is a private collection, which is the largest of its kind in the world and also included at the Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard are extraction techniques, how to distil and the history of bottling, which makes this a fascinating place for anyone who is interested in the origins of perfumery and how the sophisticated scents come about.  Plus, there is always the opportunity to purchase your favourite perfume or after-shave in the boutique.

Guided tours are completely free and this French museum is open every day of the week. 

On a Monday to Saturday it is open from 9am through to 6pm.  On a Sunday and on some national holidays it is open from 9am to 5pm, although it is closed on 25th December and 1st January, so if you are planning a visit during one of the major holidays, it may be an idea to check first.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard
9 Rue Scribe

Telephone: 1 47 42 04 56
Fax: 1 47 42 17 45

Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard

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