Settled in the middle of Paris 150 meters away from the south-west to the Opéra Garnier you will find the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Unique in its kind, the Fragonard museum of perfume is absolutely worth a visit during your stay in Paris, ParisByM will explain to you why.
1. The rich historical background
The first reason that you should visit Fragonard Museum of Perfume in Paris is for its historical background. In fact, the original form of the museum was a theater built at the beginning of the 1880s. The “Eden Theater” used to be a showplace with exceptionally large halls and rooms with designs and decors trending at that time. Eventually, the Eden Theater was forced to close because of a haphazard management which converted the theater into a bicycle merry-go-round. As the bicycle was a modern way to move at the time since a lot of Parisians came to learn how to ride a bike. Afterward, the place was taken over by the famous English furniture dealer Maple & Co, and it wasn’t until 2014 when they transferred the key to Maison Fragonard.
Going to the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris is, first of all, a good way to get to know a great brand of perfumery. The brand’s name “Fragonard” was chosen after Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who is a famous painter born in Grasse, a town in French Rivera. This small town in the south of France is considered to be the cradle of French perfumery. As a result, Fragonard carries the same perfume quality as Grasse and the refinement of 18th-century arts. Similarly, it expresses its desire to run the business in accordance with its tradition.
3. The collection of precious objects
The exhibits of the museum might be the most telling argument. The museum truly possesses various and precious perfumery-related objects and raw materials, which dates from Antiquity to the 20th century. Passing through the chronological order, the large collection provides us with a clear vision of its different uses and other various aspects of perfume. There are, for example, scent boxes, bottles in blown glass, potpourri used at the court of the king Louis XIV, composing the dazzling collection. Moreover, the collection has been constantly enriched by the Maison’s current directors.
4. A museum easy to access, amusing, also educational
Despite the delicacy of the museum, it is not complicated at all to visit it! If you want to visit the museum, there is no need to book, additionally, the admission is free for everyone. If you are a foreigner, there is no problem because they have free guided tours as well which might be available in your language. The museum makes the guides speak different languages available for you, options vary from French, English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian at your disposal. They are professional as well as friendly. The guided tours rotate every 20 minutes throughout the day and includes access to people with reduced mobility.
5. Buy a little gift for your family & friends
At the end of the visit, you will get to the museum’s showroom, where you can buy some Fragonard’s perfumery products as little gifts for your family and friends. Different from a tourist trap, where the price is generally very high due to the large volume of tourists. In case you want to buy a gift for someone you can surely find an item or a trinket for a good price.
As ParisbyM has familiarized you with some useful information about the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris, we hope you have a nice trip!
The Musée du parfume is opened from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with free entry and free guided tour.
You can get there by subway: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8), Madeleine (12, 14), Havre-Caumartin (9) Saint-Lazare (13)
RER A Auber, RER E Haussmann Saint-Lazare
Bus: 21, 22, 27, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95