Visit – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

The IAO is an experimental lab, art space and office that also hosts special events, exhibitions and classes.



Our hours are occasional. We welcome visitors by appointment.

If you wish to visit in order to talk about a project, please email us at to get the conversation rolling.

If you wish to visit in order to do some blending, please sign up for one of our many open sessions or classes.

Tuesdays: By appointment
3:30 pm – 8:00 pm (open sessions start at 5:00)
Thursday: By appointment
Friday: By appointment

We are usually closed weekends, except during classes and pre-scheduled events: Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up!



We are located in Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown neighborhood, on a pedestrian street that also hosts galleries, souvenir shops, production companies, design studios, and two very cool parrots.

The IAO is wheelchair accessible.

Street Address:

932 Chung King Road
Los Angeles CA. 90012

To find us: Chung King Road is a pedestrian-only road that runs parallel to Hill Street, between Hill St and Yale St. You can access Chung King Road from the Pacific Alliance Medical Center parking lot (just ask one of the guards on duty if you cannot find it), or from the main entry on Hill, between the 110 on-ramp and College. The closest cross street is College St.

Chinatown is a family neighborhood with plenty of night-life; pleasant and safe to walk in.

Here’s a link to the Google Map:





STREET PARKING: There is plenty of metered street parking in the neighborhood around the IAO.

PAID LOTS: There is a paid lot on the north-east side of Chung King Road, off Hill Street. There are also several other paid lots around the neighborhood, including a large one on Bernard Street between Hill and Broadway. Do not park in the Pacific Alliance Medical Center lot, it’s for hospital patrons only.

Check out the Parkopedia page for a list of parking garages and lots near us.


LAmetroGo Metro!
We are located just three quick blocks from the Chinatown Metro station, served by the gold line. Plan your trip here: