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Making the invisible palpable, presenting this intangible heritage of perfume in the rooms of a museum,
is the challenge accepted by Le Grand Musée du Parfum, sweeping visitors deep into an unforgettable
experience of sense, emotion, pleasure, and understanding.

Le Grand Musée du Parfum 
intends to establish an initial,
fundamental understanding
of olfaction to help all visitors
better appreciate how the sense
of smell functions.


The mysteries of perfume

Perfume piques our curiosity, because the way it is made remains enigmatic to the majority of people
who wear it on a daily basis. Today’s visitors want the real story, authentic information,
and are increasingly interested in perfumers and their creations.
Le Grand Musée du Parfum wants to give everyone the satisfaction of comprehending the perfumer’s artistic intentions, learning to truly appreciate a perfume, and expressing his or her own tastes through scent.

The Cultural and Scientific Advisory Board

The artistic and cultural content of the permanent exhibition at Le Grand Musée du Parfum is the work of our Cultural and Scientific Advisory Board, composed of 16 experts :

Nicolas Beaulieu,Senior Perfumer, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)
Sabine Chabbert, Deputy Director, The Fragrance Foundation France, journalist and perfume industry consultant
Sylvaine Delacourte, Director of Fragrance Evaluation and Development, Guerlain
Jean-Claude Ellena, House Perfumer and Advisor, Hermès Parfums
Isabelle Ferrand, EOlfactory expert ; CEO and Owner, Cinquième Sens
Elisabeth de Feydau, Perfume historian and writer ; Founder, Arty Fragrance
Anne Flipo, VP, Perfumer, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)
Jean-Christophe Hérault,Senior Perfumer, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Mathilde Laurent, Perfumer, Maison Cartier
Céline Manetta, Research Fellow, Global Consumer Science, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)
Patricia de Nicolaï,Perfumer, Founder of Parfums Nicolaï and President of the Osmothèque
Lionel Paillès, Author and journalist, expert in fragrances and raw materials
Roland Salesse, Neurobiologist in olfaction (INRA) and member of the Kodo research program on contemporary olfactory creation
Elisabeth Sirot, Heritage and Cultural Events Director, Guerlain
Delphine de Swardt, Doctor of Aesthetics and Communication, specialist in the language of perfumes and odors
Diane Thalheimer Krief, Olfactory Profiler, perfume expert, Founder of Red Berry

A Site with a Story All Its Own

The building at 73 Faubourg Saint-Honoré has always been a monument in and of itself in an elegant, luxurious world, a symbol of french art de vivre and, recently, an important establishment in the world of French fashion.
The mansion at 73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, sometimes referred to as Moreau-Nélaton, has had a fascinating and tempestuous past : It bears traces of the many modifications and improvements carried out over the centuries by its successive owners, each intent on satisfying various vocations and visions, but which, gratifyingly, have not distorted the structure’s harmonious aesthetics.
Initially the residence of master gardeners in the 17th century, then home to bourgeois owners who also enjoyed its superb location, the mansion came to be inhabited by a painter, Etienne Moreau- Nélaton, who gave the edifice its name. After continuing to attract figures from the art world, and after having served as headquarters for the Scandale lingerie brand, the mansion, in 1987, became the nerve center for Maison Christian-Lacroix – an artistic continuity kept alive today with the advent of Le Grand Musée du Parfum.

Grand Musée du Parfum - Façade côté Jardin

Le Grand Musée du Parfum – Garden side