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Ouray Alchemist Museum

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Address: 533 Main Street, Ouray, CO 81427
Phone Number: (970) 325-4003
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Can you say:"Walking encyclopedia?"

If so, you have described Curt, the owner, historian, archivist & proprietor of this unique venue. It is a beautiful half store, half museum. Museum tours are offered twice/day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Shekoe
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

If so, you have described Curt, the owner, historian, archivist & proprietor of this unique venue. It is a beautiful half store, half museum. Museum tours are offered twice/day. Curt takes you through thousands of years of medical & pharmaceutical history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times. Without notes, he effortlessly regales the listener with his vast knowledge of... More 

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Encyclopedia - wow! What an honor and what a review! I am so thankful that you came in that day and was able to experience the tour. Things such as your review inspire me to make it even better. Since you left I have raised my hopes to live to 103. I will always remember your review and hope you... More 

Crestone, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Not to miss while in Ouray! The artifacts that Curt has assembled will not disappoint, and the stories bring the past to life. The tour is very personalized and Curt is a wealth of information and very entertaining in his presentation. A great find :)

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Ana Marie,Thank you for your kind words. It was nice to see both you and James to make the trip to Ouray. Your thoughts encourange me to take the tour to a higher high. Why not live to 103 or more. God bless, Curt More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

You definitely need to go and plan some time to chat with Kurt! He's amazing! The history and curiosities will not disappoint!

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Stacey. I was pleasure to have met you. I'm so glad you enjoyed the history and stories of our past. I hope you remember that day as time goes by and maybe you'll come to my 103 th birthday celebration to see how far we have advanced. God bless, Curt More 

Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Very unique experience. Curt is a very interesting guy and extremely passionate about what he does. Have been to a lot of great museums including ones in D.C. and in Europe and this one is fantastic. Curt didn't even skip a beat during his presentation when my 18 month old son started screaming (he was tired and luckily fell asleep... More 

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Eric, Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts about the tour. It is inspiring and uplifting to have you compare your experience here to that in Washington DC and Europe. It was a fun tour for me. It was amazing how your son quickly fell asleep as we all exchanged our thoughts. Like magic he woke at... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My family and I had the absolute pleasure to tour the museum with Kurt. Coming from Washington, DC, we are used to visiting the Smithsonian museums and love to read the stories behind the collection items. Kurt's collection and stories equaled those of the Smithsonian with the added bonus of being presented by Kurt who has great knowledge of the... More 

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

I must say, what an excellent review! I told my wife that day that it was one of my favorite tours of all time. Your response, along with others, make it worth getting up each day to learn something new and to share it with others. You both are very fortunate to have wonderful children that love to learn about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The Alchemist's proprietor is a retired Pharmacist and his beautiful building is filled with ornate woodwork and items related to pharmacies and their predecessors. Rick gives tours of his museum twice a day so we called the night before to visit. He did a great job of telling the history of the healing arts with a lot of interesting stories... More 

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Thank you deeply for coming to the tour. I always find it fun and interesting in doing family tours. What I mean by that, is how the family interacts and their love of history. I must say, you have a wonderful family and it shows the love and caring you both have put forth. Since, I'm going to live to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We happened to stumble upon this pharmacy museum on our way to Telluride and as a pharmacy student I found it very interesting to learn about the history of my career. Curt is very knowledgeable and has a passion for what he does. He was so welcoming and really sparked my interest in the history of alchemy and pharmacy. It... More 

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

What a unique timing expierence. You both showed me that our future pharmacist have the character and knowledge, that we as humans will need now and in the future. You're the future and yet you'll be the past. God bess. Curt More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This buyer gets only the best from around Colorado, even large items like bars and bears. Worth dropping in - museum in back.

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Pat, Thank you for your love of history. I always try to find the best items available to tell the story of our history. The museum will only get better since I'm going to live to 102. Best regards, Curt. More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My boyfriend and I came to explore the mountain towns and decided to stop in Ouray. By far the best decision because of the Alchemist Museum. I love history and my boyfriend loves chemistry so this was a perfect fit! It wasn't too heavy on either subject but still provided interesting insights into the history of medicine. We had such... More 

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Amanda, I appreciated your response. It makes me wonderful, that I could make your expierence here a fun time. I just put in another sink yesterday, so the fountain is getting closer. I truly hope you both can come again for an even better adventure. Thank you, Curt More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Visited curt today, and am excited to say it was a real colorful and interesting insight to medicine products from our past. Curt is passionate about what he is talking about and it makes the tour that more exciting. I can't wait to come back when he has the soda machine working. His knowledge and collection is worth the stop... More 

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this review

Kristan, It's so refreshing and delicious to hear your kind response to the tour and that you enjoyed it.. Yes, the fountain is getting even closer and I have added new artifacts to the museum also. Imagine that! Best wishes and happines, Curt ps. I hope you come again. More 

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