The owner of the Fragonard perfume house began collecting perfume-related decorative objets d’art in the 1970s. The collection now has more than 1,200 objects. Following its two other museums, on Rue Scribe and in the Théâtre des Capucines respectively, Fragonard has opened a new museum in the Eden Théâtre, a short distance from the Opéra Garnier. The Fragonard Museum, a 118-year-old building, formerly the headquarters of Maple & Co., a reputed British furniture manufacturer, has the huge, spacious rooms characteristic of Orientalist architecture.
The visitor experience
The sumptuous exhibits are designed to appeal to international visitors, and an interactive trail reveals the secrets of perfume making. Visitors can get involved by taking part in a ‘novice perfumer’ workshop. This entertaining attempt at creating an eau de toilette with the help of a teacher shows participants how a perfume is composed, thereby lifting the veil on the mysterious art of fragrance making. The workshops are available in 10 languages, and include a guided tour of the museum.
There is no entrance fee, and the guided tour is free of cost.
The venue can be rented for private cocktail receptions from 6.30pm onwards, Monday to Saturday. Perfume-making events are organized for guests on request.