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Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

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interesting and educational place.

It is an interesting and educational place. I have been there before and am going a second time to... read more

Reviewed March 27, 2019
Sightseer741795
hidden gem that serves as a reminder of the specialness of Berkeley

We decided to the visit Aftel Archive of Curious Scents upon a recommendation from the proprietor... read more

Reviewed January 26, 2019
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A small museum devoted to natural aromatics and artifacts. Smell more than 300 essences -- & take 3 samples home. Touch & smell raw botanical materials that become perfume essences, pour over turn-of-the-century perfume books, compare 100-year-old...more
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Reviewed March 27, 2019

It is an interesting and educational place. I have been there before and am going a second time to take a friend.

Date of experience: August 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful visit and for taking the time to write this nice review!

Reviewed January 26, 2019

We decided to the visit Aftel Archive of Curious Scents upon a recommendation from the proprietor at Tail of the Yak (a fascinating must-visit boutique on Ashby Street in Berkeley) -- not quite sure what to expect. What a delightful surprise -- there is so...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2019

Thanks so much for your thoughtful and generous review, it was so great to have you visit us!

Reviewed June 19, 2018

After succeeding in finding this little treasure in Berkeley, we felt a sense of adventure upon entering this architecturally sublime little treasure, filled with light and calm. The setting allows for minimal distraction from exploring the sense of scent. Lovingly curated by the Aftel family,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you very much for such a great review! You made our day!

Reviewed June 10, 2018

This intimate museum has a lot to offer! The experience: I bought a ticket in advance with a group of friends. After walking down a tree-shaded lane to the entrance, we were personally greeted by the museum's owner and founder, Mandy Aftel. She gave us...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thanks so much for your wonderful visit and review, we really appreciate it!

Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

What an interesting place! I would never have thought of a smell museum as an activity before discovering the “Aftel Archive of Curious Scents”! It was such a unique experience, and I really enjoyed myself!!

Date of experience: April 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughtful comments, they mean a lot to us!

Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

This is quite a place. Came here just to experience and it was really very interesting. You really need to experience this eye opening Place that is unique in my experience. Smell or odor is a a strong sense and this. Places collection is truly...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

We really appreciate that you took the time to write about us, that’s so kind of you!

Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

This place is really something special - something you can’t find anywhere else. Upon entering, we were greeted by Mandy’s son who was very friendly and helpful in explaining how the museum was set up. Mandy later introduced herself to me and my friends -...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

We love hearing that people had a good time-- and learned a lot from their visit-- thank you for being so kind.

Reviewed March 12, 2018

I live near Berkeley and heard a piece on local radio about the After Archive of Curious Scents. My girlfriend and I had read and enjoyed a book about scent (entitled The Emperor of Scent, highly recommended itself) and this unique museum offered an opportunity...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you very much for your visit and thoughtful review, we really appreciate it!

Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

This museum is the work of 30 years worth of scent and artifact collection. It is laid out in such a way as to be very approachable and interactive. Almost everything invites you to touch them (carefully). This fact is particularly amazing because there is...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughtful comments, they mean a lot to us!

Reviewed March 3, 2018

There's magic was hidden at the end of a Berkeley driveway! The Archive has it all — taxidermy, rare scents (ambergris!), vintage maps, rare books, etc. Everything is beautifully and carefully curated, and the attention to detail is astounding; I may need to visit again....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you so much for your fantastic review, we really appreciate it!

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