Fashion, the Eiffel tower, baguette, berets and of course perfume are all associated with Paris. Perfume is sometimes over looked in favor of the other senses Paris tends to inspire, but about a block from the Paris Opera Garnier stands the Musee du Parfum. It occupies a Napoleon III town house built in 1860 and furnished in period style. The museum houses a rare collection of all paraphernalia connected to perfume production and it’s industry. It is run by the Fragonard company, which produces a sensual line of scented products from perfume to soaps and candles.
You’ll be swept into a cloud of relaxing fragrances, while touring the array of perfume products and instruments used in the production of perfume, from antique to modern equipment. The museum is on two floors, and includes teaching you how natural products are combined to make the fragrances, and a display of perfume containers. At the end of the tour you enter the Fragonard perfume boutique where you can sample and buy perfume. There are guided tours in English or you can wander through on your own.
Where: 9, rue Scribe, Paris.
Getting there: Take the metro to Opera.
Tel:+33 (0) 1 47 42 04 56
Open Hours:Mon- Sat 09:00-18:00. Sun and holidays, 09:00-17:00
Web site: Museum of Perfume.