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Fragonard Perfume Museum

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The Fragonard Perfume Museum (Musée du Parfum Fragonard), facing the side entrance of the Opéra Garnier, is a small museum situated in a beautiful 19th-century hotel that retraces the history of perfume, its manufacturing process, and its accessories. A fun interactive game ends the visit before checking out the boutique that sells numerous Fragonard products. Enjoy! Parisianist.

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About this place

9 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris
Line 7/9 - Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette
Line A - Auber

Monday : 9:00 am - 18:00 pm
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The Fragonard Perfume Museum is an original and interesting way to immerse yourself in the world of perfume. Situated in a beautiful and distinctive hotel built in 1860 in a style reminiscent of Napoléon III (the ceilings, wooden floors and friezes are stunning), this little museum traces the history of perfume and perfume accessories from Antiquity to our times through objects, machines, posters and paintings.

Parisianist Fun Fact: The Fragonard perfumery is one of the oldest perfumeries in the city of Grasse, the world capital of perfume. Founded in 1926, the name pays tribute to Jean-Honoré Fragonard, an 18th century painter and son of a perfume-maker.  


The Fragonard Perfume Museum is located on the second floor of the hotel and is divided into five rooms. The first four rooms expose objects that pertain to the perfumery world, while the last room concentrates on an interactive experience that puts your sense of smell to the test. On the ground floor at the back of the interior hallway near the museum’s exit is the Fragonard boutique selling all of the company’s products at factory prices.


In the first room, you will learn about the plants the most frequently used in perfume and learn about their origins. Here, the two principle processes of perfume production are explained (distillation and extraction techniques) with the help of a few old distillers. You’ll learn the difference between perfume and eau de toilette which has to do with the content of olfactory essences, thus determining the length of stay of the smell on the skin.

Parisianist Fun Fact: Each year Fragonard chooses a plant of honor, creating a whole range of products with this plant in mind (lily of the valley in 2013, sweet pea in 2014).


The word perfume comes from the latin per fumum (through smoke). Before our era, essential perfume oils were burned, serving also as a means to communicate with the gods. Containers from the times of Ancient Egypt, Rome, Carthage, and Ancient Greece are on display in this second room. Objects and vials dating from the 18th century are also exposed. The third section, a hallway, highlights the emergence of labelling and perfume bottles, in addition to other interesting developments in the industry (soap molds, lipstick molds, etc). Before going to the boutique, don’t miss out on testing your sense of smell and admiring the amazing work that this little organ, your nose, can do. The work desk of a perfume creator, is called a perfume organ: it is covered in little bottles (the notes) containing essential oils that the perfume creator then mixes in order to obtain the precise smell that he or she desires.

Parisianist Fun Fact: Small toiletry bags as well as beauty mark boxes are exposed. During the 18th century, women wore fake beauty marks to embellish their features, but also used them to send a particular message based on where the beauty mark was placed. Just like the usage of fans during this era, the placement of beauty marks operated as a real language of its own. 


Le Musée du Parfum Fragonard is as fun as it is interesting. A visit takes hardly 30 minutes and its small size rules out any boredom. This museum is a quick stop that gives you a basic understanding of the perfume world without going into too much detail (don’t go hoping to see the distillation process in action). The interactive part that includes associating smells and images (strawberry, cinnamon, banana, licorice, etc) is amusing and even has a few surprises in store! Le Musée du Parfum Fragonard is thus a great way to get familiar with the world of perfume before finding the scent that suits you best in the boutique on the ground floor near the museum’s exit.

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