The Art of Scent

  Last modified on November 27th, 2019

Would you like to smell something delicious?  Or maybe you prefer scents that are floral, sexy, spicy, or musky?  If you appreciate olfactory delights, make reservations now for The Art of Scent 1185-2012 at The Museum of Art and Design.  This groundbreaking exhibition is the first of its kind; it is the premiere major museum exhibit to celebrate the power of scent and recognize it as artistic expression.  Twelve works are featured to demonstrate the artistry and innovations in scent design.  This unique instillation uses “scent machines” in order to dispense focused streams of air, allowing for a more concentrated scent experience.

Curator Chandler Burr has selected each specific scent because of its impact on the history and evolution of olfactory art.  Burr also leads many of the tours related to the exhibition.  Several of these programs are interactive, allowing participants to create their own scents, guided by master perfumer, Carlos Benhaim.

For those of you who are familiar with popular perfumes, some of the scents featured in The Art of Scent exhibition are Chanel No. 5, Aromatics Elixir, Angel, Pleasures, Drakkar Noir, L’Eau d’Issey, cK One, and Prada.

Please visit the website at for more details and specific programs dates, or call 1.800.838.3006 to purchase tickets.  The cost of admission to the museum is $15 for the general public and $12 for students and seniors.  However, if you choose to come on a Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00pm, it is “pay-what-you-wish” to enter.  Please be aware that The Museum of Art and Design is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

So follow your nose to this exclusive exhibit and experience and examine scent in a whole new way!

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