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Address: Lantinen Rantakatu 13, Turku 20100, Finland
Phone Number: 35822620280
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times...

The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times in Turku. The house was built approximately in the year 1700 to an area that was reserved for the nobility.

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A travel through time

This is a meticulously preserved museum with tools from a bygone era. It is amazing how we have progressed and this is both entertaining as well as educational.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Usha S
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a meticulously preserved museum with tools from a bygone era. It is amazing how we have progressed and this is both entertaining as well as educational.

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Thank Usha S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

In the very center of Turku you can find the old pharmacy museum: the whole old pharmacy has been kept on its place with all the tools which have been used in the past. Just next to the museum you can find a café. The café has the same old-style of the museum and has amazing cakes and drinks. Warmly... More 

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Thank Francesco F
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Kid's dream of a home laboratary. Lots of dangerous chemicals, scary medical instruments, old laboratory utensils, herbs, etc in a genuine 18th century Apothecary's shop. Also you visit a complete home with furniture from the same time period. Embroideries made from hair.

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Thank kattullus
Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Cafe Qwensel is hidden behind the Pharmacy Museum. It is located in the quiet courtyard and takes you away from the busy city life. You can sit inside or outside and it is a very idyllic cafe.The prices are reasonable and all the cakes and pastries are delicious. It is open during the opening hours of the Pharmacy Museum.... More 

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Thank Liisa738
Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It´s an interesting place. I have been there with friends and also with my son. Everybody has been delighted . It´s not just simple history, but also curiosities and things to touch, smell, try..... It´s quite a unique experience. I liked also the staff´s uniforms. One feels there as traveling for a short time in the past. Nice and interesting.

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Thank Lehtinen
Helsinki
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Oddly the museum and cafe reviews are mixed together here. The cafe is good and has nice location. Good location.

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Thank Edelfelt
Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Located centrally next to the Aura river. Interesting and good collection of old pieces of furniture. Traditional building and well preserved to keep the old charm, feeling and touch of history. Interesting also for the children, as there are many small things in the Museum. There is a traditional café located behind the Museum. I recommend to visit both to... More 

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Thank SakiJR
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A quiet little gem of interest - though my background in chemistry and the fact I wandered in with my pharmacist uncle certainly didn't hurt. This is an unpretentious little museum, giving a small window into the past. pamphlets with explanations/descriptions in several languages were available to take through the rooms, at no additional charge. An enjoyable hour or two.

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Thank Tishabug
Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Cafe Qwensel is cute and the little garden really allows enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea in piece while reading a book or conversating with friends. They have self made pies and pastries on offer at not too expensive prices neither. In winter the seating is obviously only inside and heated by a fireplace. Very cosy! Recommended both... More 

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Thank Mars66
Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Pharmacy museum is one of many places that you must visit in Turku. It's a place you probably don't understand without visit. The museum itself was in late 1700's build house. The interior is absolutely magnificent. The scent of old wood and herbs makes unique feeling. And at the end, you will consider, how we ever survived with ancient pharmacist's... More 

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