The Museum of Perfume (of course, this is Paris!)

The Museum of Perfume (of course, this is Paris!)

Paris secretes over 100 museums. They come in all shapes and sizes, and anyone should find one to fit their tastes and interests. After the obvious visits to the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou, you may want to find a less intense (and less crowded) option for a rainy day.  One such intimate museum is located only steps away from our own Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal and our Hotel Powers

The very glamour Opera district offers plenty of options when Winter balks at letting Spring take over. If you ever get dizzy with department store shopping, take refuge in the Musée du Parfum Fragonard. Open every day of the year, this little museum is actually an anteroom to the Fragonard boutique, but, with no mandatory purchase (although Fragonard’s eau de toilette and fragrance soaps make for great souvenir gifts), who could criticize this marketing strategy from a brand which refuses to advertise on TV or through any traditional canal?

The museum is located of the second floor of an exquisite 19th century Parisian townhouse. Inside, a wide assortment of bottles and labels, a perfume organ and even an alchemy-style copper still recount the 3000-year history of perfumes and their fabrication. A recreation of a perfumer’s workshop invites you to test your own nose by identifying various fragrances – a definite highlight! All visits are free and guided.