At the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents you can choose from more than two hundred natural essences derived from fruits, flowers, trees, grasses, etc., to take three samples home. All visitors must wear masks and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and we have added new safety measures (see below).
Smarter Travel video: Inside the Aftel Archive
A 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.
See and touch the raw botanical materials that become perfume essences. Explore the wonders in our cabinet of curiosities and be blown away by a 16th-century symbolorum. 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.
Click for a video tour of Mandy showing you all the Archive exhibits!
1. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations required
2. Masks must be worn for the entire visit - no smelling
3. Hand-sanitizers provided
4. Limited number of visitors per hour
5. Commercial HEPA air-filter
6. Full refunds for cancellations due to illness
Details: Open every Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Adult admission price is $25 for a 1-hour visit
Child tickets (17 and under) are $15
Your visit includes 3 letter-press scent strips dipped in essences to take home