Grasse is the world capital of perfumes. At this museum you can discover the ancient tradition of parfumerie and learn how to create your own, unique scent.
Grasse is world famous for its parfumeries, Molinard offers you the chance to visit an authentic French perfume factory. A guided tour will explain the techniques used to extract and blend scents, traditional methods of making soaps and fragrances and other secrets about the world of perfume.
Founded in 1849, Maison Molinard has remained a family-run business to our days. They initially produced floral waters and Eaux de Cologne, sold in a little shop in the village centre. In 1860 they started to create more exclusive fragrances using jasmine, rose and violets in delicate Baccarat crystal bottles.
Their international success started in the early 20th century, when they moved to a new distillery, designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel, and received lots of customers from Russia and England at their typical Provençal showroom.
They are the only parfumerie to have preserved their factory as it was in the olden days, allowing you to have an authentic experience. The museum also houses a magnificent collection of period furniture from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
They offer various workshops where you can make your own perfumes, and if you find your scent you can reorder it online any time you want.
When to come
Sight Type: Attraction - Guided | Guided Tour | History Museum | Workshop
Activities: Museums / Galleries
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 60 Boulevard Victor Hugo | Grasse | 06130