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
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
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
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