A unique museum of international acclaim
Created in 1989 and renoved in 2008, this museum – the only one of its kind in the world – became firmly established in the symbolic region of Grasse – the birthplace of luxury perfumery.
Dedicated to one of France’s most prestigious traditional trades, the museum is also devoted to safeguarding and enhancing the international heritage of odours, flavourings and perfumes.
A venue living and breathing frommemory, the International Perfume Museum broaches the history of perfume through a wide variety of approaches: raw materials, manufacturing, industry, innovation, trade, design,marketing and uses. Perfume reveals itself too among fabulous objects from all five continents like decorative arts, textiles,
Frédéric Jung’s architectural project (total surface: 3 500m²) is based around a XIVth century rampart, the spine of the former museum and the Hôtel Pontevès (XVIIIth century) together with gardens and terraces looking over this exceptional landscape.
Communicate, cure, seduce…
are the main missions of the Perfume and the three
directions for the collections exhibited in the
International Perfume Museum and its Gardens.
During Antiquity people used to communicate with the Gods through incense and other holy unguents. Today, perfume is also used for marketing purpose tendancy.
In the Middle Ages, therapeutic virtues of plants and spices are discovered; basis of the present aromatherapy are set up.
From the XVIIth century, perfume has become an art of seduction that will not stop changing until today’s compounded scents, those latter being supported by a huge advertising communication.
OTHER WAYS TO VISIT
The International Perfume Museum and the Gardens host temporary exhibitions, themed visits, test sessions (olfactory , gustatory workshops), school visits, professional and research meetings, a documentation center, a shop (free entry).
Set a date with the museum team.
Open everyday from 10am to 7pm
Open everyday from 10.30am to 5.30pm - closed on Tuesday
Closed: bank holidays (25th December, 1st January and 1st May)
Annual closing: November (3 weeks after November 11)
The Musée International de la Parfumerie ticket office shuts 20 minutes before the museum closes.
Free entry for the under 18s, accompanied school groups, unemployed and disabled visitors.
Available at the Musée International de la Parfumerie
Audio guide, also equipped with induction loops for the hard of hearing.
Specific tours for young people from 7 years of age with the ‘point.mip’ (children’s audio guide, interactive terminals, Touch and Feel games)
Access for disabled visitors
Braille available (embossed items, fact sheets, maps of the museum, olfactory tours) and a specific audio guide for blind or visually impaired visitors.