Rendez-vous at the International Perfume Museum in the City of Grasse
Historically linked to the perfume industry, Grasse presents the first museum of its kind: The International Perfume Museum. In an area of 3500m2, discover the origins of perfume, how it’s created and important items linked to the industry.
The History of Perfume at the International Perfume Museum
Since 1989 the International Perfume Museum celebrates perfume, as well as soaps, make-up and other products throughout 4000 years of cosmetic history across the 5 continents.
Expanded and restructed in 2006, this unique world museum is composed of 4 buildings symbolic of the city of Grasse: the Pontevès Hotel, the former Hugues-Aîné perfumery, the former Pélissier building and the jardin des orangers.
Come and discover the stages involved in perfume creation: treating the raw materials, distillation, extraction... Learn about what happens in each process, and the equipment involved in them too.
A Unique World Collection
2500 objects retracing the origins of perfume thoughtfully organised into 5 sections according to Western historical chronology: from ancient to modern and contemporary times going right through the Middle-Ages.
The collection is displayed following specific themes: elegance and classicism, magic and dynamism, and also frivolity and hygiene.
Admire different types of perfume bottles (glass, porcelain, etc) from various civilisations (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, etc). If the fragrances appeal to you, the designs of their unique bottles will definitely catch your eye.
A variety of other key objects are displayed here, such as palattes, vases, and even the beauty travel case that belonged to Marie Antoinette, and the many beauty utensils it contained.
AddressMusée International de la Parfumerie
2 Boulevard Jeu de Ballon