The same spirit and loyalty has continued through the generations and under the ownership of Jean-Francois Costa, the Fragonard Perfumerie rapidly expanded, and as an avid art collector, he also amassed a large collection of antiques related to the perfume industry, which was why the first museum in Grasse was opened.
About the Musee du Parfum Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris
Yet with the rich history of perfume dating back to the royal courts of the Chateau de Versailles and Paris being known as the perfume capital of the world, what better place to open up a perfume museum than in the heart of this fabulous city.
And so, in 1983, the Musee du Parfum, which is also known as the Scribe Museum or the Musee de la Parfumerie Fragonard was opened up within a beautiful Napoleon III townhouse that was built in 1860 by Joseph Lesoufache, who was a student of Charles Garnier that designed the Palais Garnier Opera House.
This museum in Paris is ideally located within the elegant setting that is entirely original, where you can discover a unique collection of perfumery objects as you go back through the ages and retrace the history of perfume right through from the Egyptians to the 19th century and even more up to date like mens aftershaves.
On display are old ornate bottles, incense burners, paintings, engravings, raw meterials, test tubes and presentations of different plants that are utilised to in the production process of making unique fragrances.
Fragonard now have the largest collection of its kind in the world and anyone interested in discovery more about the world of fragrances will thoroughly enjoy the Musee du Parfum that also shows the history of bottling and extraction techniques and today the same passion is still being continued by the Daughters of Jean-Francois Costa.
And there is also another perfume museum in Paris that the Fragonard company have opened up, which is called the Le Theatre Musee des Capucines where you can discover a mock-up of a 19th century factory, plus at both of these they have a boutique where you can purchase your favourite perfume, aftershave, sets, soaps and more.
Access to the Musee du Parfum Museum in Paris
Located in the 9th Arrondissement only a short walk from the Palais Garnier, which is the famous opera house in Paris, this museum is open on a Monday to Saturday from 9am through to 6pm, yet on Sundays and during National French holidays it is open from 9am through to 5pm, although we would like to point out that on certain days such as 25th December it is closed.
So with this in mind, it may be an idea to check that the Fragonard museum is open, if you are going to be on holiday in Paris during major festivities, but you will be pleased to know that you can have a guided tour of the prestigious Musee du Parfum or Scribe Museum in Paris completely free of charge.
And if you are travelling on the public transport in Paris then via the RER trains you would need the station called Auber and line A, however, the closest metro station is called the Opera and you would need lines 3, 7 or 8. But you can also get close via bus on numbers 20, 27, 29, 42, 53, 66, 81 or 95 or even one of the bus tours in Paris such as l’Open Tour.
Perfume Museums in Paris by the Fragonard Company
- Le Musee du Parfum
- Le Theatre Musee des Capucines
Address and Contact Details
Le Musee du Parfum
9 Rue Scribe
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 42 04 56
Fax: +33 (0) 1 47 42 17 45
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Le Musee du Parfum or Perfume Museum in Paris France
Occupying a tradional 1800s townhouse, the Musee du Parfum is often known as the Scribe Museum due to its location and is a privately run perfume museum owned by the Fragonard fragrance company.
A bit of history..
It all started shortly before World War I, when an entrepreneur by the name of Eugene Fuchs who was already passionate about fragrances, decided to set up a perfumery with the novel concept of selling perfumery products to tourists that were flocking to the Cote d’Azur or French Riviera, as it is also known.
Opened in 1926 in the town of Grasse, Eugene Fuchs chose to name the perfume company after a famous French painter by the name of Jean-Honore Fragonard who was born in Grasse and as a tribute to 18th century arts.