Since the 17th century, Paris has been at the forefront of the fragrance industry. Some of the best noses in perfume have built their careers amid the cobbled streets and fashionable boutiques that make the City of Light famous. No place showcases France’s rich history and bright future of perfume quite like the Fragonard Museum.
Located inside a beautifully restored Napoleon-era mansion, Fragonard allows travelers an opportunity to learn more about the thriving fragrance industry that helped put Paris on the map. Visitors can learn how expert perfumers transformed flowers, moss, leaves, potent herbs and strong spices into memorable scents that have made their mark around the world.
The perfume organ, which looks similar to a cathedral organ, is a popular exhibit at the Frangonard. Travelers can comb through rows of ingredients and examine tools of the trade, like scales, glass frames and other items used by perfumers to create unique fragrances.
The museum is located at 9 rue Scribe, near the Opera station of the Paris Metro. It is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free and guided tours are available.