Because I love perfume (I couldn't live without it; my perfume is like my signature) and because I love museums, I couldn't miss the opening of the Grand Musée du Parfum, a museum of a new kind who opened its doors, in a magnificent mansion, in the very chic Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, just opposite the Bristol hotel.
This museum is different in the way that, during the tour on four different levels, the visitor will not only use his eyes to look at what's presented but he will also use his sense of smell. Usually when you go and see an exhibition, you are invited to look and listen to the documents presented. Here, in the Grand Musée du Parfum, the visitor is also invited to smell and feel the exhibition. An olfactory collection of more than 70 different smells has been set up in order to experiment the visit.
It's a very new and interesting approach and I absolutly loved it. I must admit that some odours were quite confusing. For instance, at the beginning of the tour, in the section devoted to the history of perfume, I didn't like at all the scents of the ancient times such as the famous Kyphi from the ancient Egypt.
I will definitely go back to this venue; there is plenty to see, "smell" and learn. It's a perfect family outing if you have kids.
PS : do you know what Gabrielle Chanel used to say about perfume? "A woman should wear perfume wherever she wants to be kissed" ☺
73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré - 75008
Tuesday to Sunday (10:30am to 7pm; and until 10pm on Friday)
Open on each bank holiday, even if it's a Monday.