Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

 
 
 
 
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Everyone loves the Aftel Archive! We have over fifty 5-star reviews on Yelp, Google, and Trip Advisor. And you can read about us in Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Via Magazine (AAA), Sunset Magazine, East Bay Express, Berkeleyside, Diablo Magazine, Louis Vuitton Guide, and Atlas Obscura.

At the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents you can smell more than three hundred natural essences derived from fruits, flowers, trees, grasses, etc. -- and take three samples home!
Smarter Travel video: Inside the Aftel Archive



Archive ExhibitsA Selection of Exhibits In my practice of perfumery, I have curated hundreds of gorgeous botanical essences from all over the world. They are all part of the extraordinary lineage of scent that reaches back to the beginnings of human culture and is entwined with the earliest history of medicine, cuisine, adornment, and worship. The books, engravings, essences, and raw materials I have collected are an endless source of beauty and fascination.



Touch and smell the raw botanical materials that become perfume essences. Compare essences that have been aged for a century to their modern counterparts. Pore over more than a hundred antique books from my collection, retracing the amazing history of natural aromatic materials. Every item in the Archive is authentic and original, including the hand-tinted postcards and engravings, some of which date back over four hundred years. Cabinet of CuriositiesCabinet of Curiosities


Perfume OrganPerfume Organ Come smell, touch, read, imagine! Learn and experience the history of natural fragrances. Immerse yourself in beauty, slip into a world apart, a lost past. Allow yourself to step outside of time.



NY Times

"The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is not just the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to perfume, but more beguilingly, the first one dedicated to the experience of fragrance. This tiny museum manages to contain the olfactory history of the world: hundreds of natural essences, raw ingredients and antique tinctures gathered from every corner of the globe, and all available for visitors to smell."
Click for
full article & gorgeous slide show!

Apothecary DrawersAntique Drawers of Botanical Materials


Click for a video tour of Mandy showing you all the Archive exhibits!


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Details:
Open only on Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm.
Tickets are $20 for a 1-hour time slot ($12 for kids under 18)
Tickets include 3 letter-press scent strips to dip in essences and take home.

Location:
Cottage at end of brick driveway,
1518-1/2 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: 510-841-2111 Email: info@aftelier.com

Archive photos by Joel Bernstein


Letterpress Scent Strips