International Perfume Museum of Grasse was established in 1989 as a private institution, by Francois Carnot, an eccentric perfume lover. He wanted and succeeded in preserving the art of perfumes, which entered into the French national heritage. In 1920, the perfumes could be admired and appreciated in Grasse and Paris, including the famous houses, as Piver or Pinaud. Considering that Francois Carnot was a fan of perfumes, and decorative arts, his collection included, in addition to numerous flavors, also glass jewelry craft, belonging to famous artists such as René Lalique.
The exhibitions don’t focus entirely on the spices, their producing history, but also in other related areas such as decorative arts, botany, industry, ethnography and sociology, giving visitors a comprehensive view of the whole industry. The museum’s collection includes about 50,000 objects and exhibitions focused on the past, present and even the future of the perfume market.
The museum exhibition space is divided into three parts: the perfume museum along civilizations, the evolution of techniques used in the manufacture of perfume and preserving plants used to create perfumes.
To visit this museum you have to make a trip to Grasse, a beautiful tiny city, located in southeastern France on the Cote d’Azur just 20 kilometers from Cannes. A symbol of the city and the main ingredient of the perfumes is the jasmine, harvested annually from Grasse.
The city is an oasis of light and tranquility, located in the hills with many springs and landscapes, being the largest producer of flowers and spices. The Renaissance ornaments, the abundance of fragrant flowers, such as golden mimosa, jasmine, roses and lavender, makes to be one of the most pleasant and romantic places that you’ve always wanted to get.