PARIS — Le Grand Musée du Parfum, a museum that took a historic and artistic approach to the métier of perfumery since it opened in December 2016, was shuttered Friday.
“Le Grand Musée du Parfum, a private, independent cultural venue, offered its visitors a unique sensorial experience to pay homage to the olfactive sense and to perfumery creation,” the museum’s staff said in a statement released on Friday. “It is with profound sadness and immense regret that we announce to you today the definitive closure of the Grand Musée du Parfum.”
The museum gave no further explanation for its shuttering.
Located at 73 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, it sprawled over the stately four-story, 15,555-square-foot mansion that had formerly been the home to Christian Lacroix Couture’s headquarters and flagship. In the 19th century, the building served as the residence of Baron Antoine-Marie Roederer.
The museum was divvied into sections focusing on the history and tales of perfume, sensory immersion and the art of the perfumer. It was very interactive, with an olfactive collection comprised of more than 60 scents sprinkled throughout the museum that people could test out. It also gave courses.
At the time of its launch, it was revealed that for the next five years, the museum would receive material support and expertise from International Flavors and Fragrances. It was also backed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the Ile-de-France region, plus organizations including the Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté and the Syndicat Français de la Parfumerie.