Upstairs, scent squeezers and a bouquet of roses reveal the chemistry behind perfume, which entails turning a natural scent containing four hundred molecules into three synthetic ingredients in the laboratory! Next up, embark on a treasure hunt and uncover the link between our sense of smell and the emotions, and how our memory retains scents. Then discover the scent journey, from the nose to the brain, on a series of high-tech screens, before entering the Garden of Scents, where perfumes are distilled in the air under scent cloches equipped with sensors developed by the Projectiles agency that detect our presence. Lastly, the museum tests your scent memory on the Secret Sharing Sofa, before inviting you to play a guessing game and try to recognize wood fire or cinnamon on interactive terminals.
Ever wondered what perfumers actually do? Find out on the fourth floor! The first thing you see is a forest of twenty-five drops suspended in the air, each one of which cradles a sphere. Inhale, guess the scent of the raw ingredient, and then put your ear to it to hear the answer – it’s magical! Each sphere represents one of twenty-five of the most wonderful perfume ngredients created by British designers Harvey & John. Perfume masters then appear on screens to challenge conventional wisdom or answer questions asked by the public. Last but not least, discover the perfumer’s organ, which experts use to compose a fragrance “symphony” from two hundred and fifty essences. It’s a little bit like stepping into some crazy sci-fi movie, because it plunges us into darkness to watch laser light rays bring the organ to life. Before ending this tour of the senses, don’t forget to visit the museum’s concept store on the first floor where you can buy perfumes – included best-sellers like One Million by Paco Rabanne, and the exclusive Les Liquides Imaginaires collection by Philippe Di Méo – along with books, blooms from flower bar and innovative new products.
The designer décor is so pared back it’s almost clinical, making the Grand Musée du Parfum is the perfect place to get to know (almost) everything there is to know about fragrance.
10:30am to 7pm, 10pm Friday
€14,50 Teen, €5 Child.