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Housed in a private mansion built in the style of Napoleon III in 1860 you will find the Museum of Perfume. It was founded by the French family-owned perfume company, Fragonard, in 1983 who chose this spot just next to Paris's Opera Garnier. These delightful perfumes are made at a family-owned factory in the world capital of perfume, Grasse. The company was named after the famous artist from Grasse, Fragonard, whose works you can see displayed in the Costa's family buildings and residences in Grasse in the south of France. That they installed a museum devoted entirely to perfume in the Opera district of Paris is testament to the cultural significance of perfume not just in France, but to world civilization.... Read More

Housed in a private mansion built in the style of Napoleon III in 1860 you will find the Museum of Perfume. It was founded by the French family-owned perfume company, Fragonard, in 1983 who chose this spot just next to Paris's Opera Garnier. These delightful perfumes are made at a family-owned factory in the world capital of perfume, Grasse. The company was named after the famous artist from Grasse, Fragonard, whose works you can see displayed in the Costa's family buildings and residences in Grasse in the south of France. That they installed a museum devoted entirely to perfume in the Opera district of Paris is testament to the cultural significance of perfume not just in France, but to world civilization. Sound a bit grandiose ? Wait 'til you get a glimpse of the tiny ceramic perfume casks that were made back in Jesus' day, or the long slender glass vials that the Ladies of the King's court wore tucked into their bodices.The collection, assembled by Jean-Francois Costa, son of the Founder of Fragonard, re-traces over 3000 years of the history of perfume. The museum offers guided tours and also self-guided tours. It is easy to find as it is literally a stone's throw from l'Opera, the Palais Garnier. The museum is free with guided tours offered in French and English.

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