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“A most unusual attraction to visit but well worth it”

Musee International de la Parfumerie
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Small-Group Tour: Grasse Perfumery and Nice Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Monaco
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Grasse
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Owner description: Created in 1989, this one-of-a-kind museum is situated in the symbolic City of Grasse, the cradle of the luxury perfume trade which began in France. Dedicated to one of the most prestigious traditional French businesses, the International Perfume Museum, a public institution awarded by the <> label, is devoted to safeguarding and promoting the international heritage of scents, aromas and perfumes. Museum visitors will also discover the unique history of the great perfume Houses and producers. Bearing witness to the international technical, aesthetic, social and cultural history of the tradition of using scents, the museum covers every aspect of the history of fragrance through an anthropological approach including raw materials, manufacture, industry, innovation, business, design, and customs -through very diverse forms- decorative arts, textiles, archaeological finds and unique industrial items
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“A most unusual attraction to visit but well worth it”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

This s a lovely museum set in one of the nicest parts of the South of France. You can find out everything you need to know about how perfume is made and about this part of France and it is great fun because t is very interactive. You can spend all day here and get lovely presents in the shop

Visited June 2014
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“Nice but maybe somewhat boring”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

A very nice museum but in the end of a day maybe boring. It presents a lot of interesting things from the parfume production but there is a lot of space for improving the site in a light of presenting the production, real smell and real tourch of parfume. Otherwise a nice and very interesting museum.

Visited June 2014
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“A comprehensive museum of the perfume industry”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Grasse is the centre of the perfume industry for the world. If you know nothing about the manufacture of perfume with its attendant printing, packaging and manufacturing industries, you will when you come out of this museum. The entrance is round a side street separate from the exit which leads to the main square but it is well indicated. The lady at the entrance tried to persuade us to buy an inclusive ticket but since the Fragonard Museum was closed for renovation and the Dotto train was not included and the factories had free tours, we felt that what was on the inclusive ticket wasn't worth it. The first floor was devoted to smell with a screen showing different views where you could experience different smells. You then moved on to computer screens which had things for children and out into the garden greenhouse of plants which are used for perfume. On another floor you were shown the history of the industry and various ancient artefacts e.g. Egyptian perfume bottles etc.
Next came the stills and manufacturing items and lastly examples of various smells which you could experience by lifting a flap and giving a sniff followed by glass cases of examples of perfume bottles through the ages. In various rooms, there were boards both in French and other languages that gave you some interesting information. We spent some time in this museum and bought a guide book in the shop at the end both as a souvenir and to learn more at leisure.

Visited May 2014
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“Probably the best bet in Grasse for a perfume experience”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

If compared with one of the nearby Parfumeries, MIP offers much improved variety and an array of interesting attractions including visual, interactive, historical and sense of smell features as well as a herb garden and mandarin grove. Takes a good hour and is well worth the €4 entrance fee. For the older visitor, seeing some of the fragrance bottles of one's teens and twenties is nostalgic (and in fact examples for the last 100 years)and is a nice final touch. Take a look if you can.

Visited May 2014
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“Interesting in parts”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Room after gloomy room of mostly dull artefacts, interspersed with some excellent ideas, such as live plants, a cinema to awaken one's sense of smell, machines that puffed out all sorts of different smells on demand and tubes of smell soaked clay. Initially thought that the cinema would replicate the smells that were depicted on the screen, instead a horrid sweet loo freshener smell drove us out. The fragrance aids were all rather faded with a stale undertone, so sadly the good ideas fell rather flat. I don't think it was worth the entrance fee and would instead recommend that you visit the free Fragonard museum just across the way,

Visited April 2014
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