Grasse town centre
3rd level of the Historical Factory
20 boulevard Fragonard
Indigo CRESP car park opposite the factory, whose entrance is located at 17 boulevard Fragonard.
The Perfume Museum (closed)
History of a collection
Located on the third floor of the Historical Factory, the Perfume Museum was inaugurated in 1975. This was the very first perfume museum to open its doors in the town of Grasse: a particularly bold initiative at the time. To top off the manufacturing workshop tour experience, Jean-François Costa (the father of the current directors) wanted to offer his visitors the opportunity to see antique objects that tell the history of perfume from antiquity to the present day. Precious perfumery objects (Egyptian blush spoons, medieval pomanders, etc.) are showcased alongside paintings of women grooming and antique Provençal furniture.
Perfumery works of art
The Perfume Museum in Grasse exhibits some one hundred rare perfumery objects from antiquity to the present day. The collection is further enhanced by paintings of women grooming and Provencal furniture. Jean-François Costa had a special taste for 18th century objects and, amongst other things, built up one of the richest collections of pomanders.
From the French “pomme d’ambre” or apple of amber, this small object, often divided into quarters, was used to carry dry perfumes or small scented sponges. These powerfully odorous substances were thought to protect against the miasmas of epidemics. Worn on the belt, as a pendant or held in the hand, pomanders were an item of dress and crafted like real jewellery.
Bergamotes: an 18th century invention from grasse
In the Grasse region, where bergamot trees are grown for perfume making, local craftsmen had the idea, as early as the Regency, of using the scented peel of the fruit to make small boxes. Bergamotes are decorated with delicate landscapes, genre scenes or various motifs (musical instruments, religious subjects, etc.) in the 18th century style. The perfume museum offers an extremely beautiful collection of these boxes, which were given as gifts, often for romantic reasons.
Grasse town centre
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission and tours.
The museum is currently closed to the public.
A family business with ancestral know-how, Parfumerie Fragonard was founded in 1926 in the town of Grasse.
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