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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)
504-565-8027
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Ranked #34 of 171 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Located at the site of the first licensed apothecary shop, the Pharmacy Museum includes cures for anything that ails you including voodoo potions and... more » Owner description: Located at the site of the first licensed apothecary shop, the Pharmacy Museum includes cures for anything that ails you including voodoo potions and other weird medicines. « less
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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I had low expectations but we were blown away. They have a huge collection on two floors. Everything is organized quite well by category and they have some of the most interesting items and artifacts I've ever seen. It really is worth every penny of the admission if you enjoy the history of medicine, pharmacology etc. They have authentic surgical... More

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Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Walking through the quarter don't miss this interesting little stop. It costs $5 to enter. You could spend hours there reading about the history of disease and treatments. The exhibits are spread over two floors. There are artifacts from the days that pharmacists actually made the drugs to treat people. Shelves lined with jars with plants and specimens, collections of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I would have never visited this museum, but our city tour guide highly recommended it. The pharmacy is very interesting just to visit, but taking the tour made a huge difference. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate, and he kept everyone's attention the entire time, which is rare. He had interesting stories and examples, and gave... More

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I had been told about this museum before I came to New Orleans, and it sounded intriguing so I made sure it was on my itinerary. The museum is housed in what was originally a pharmacy, and the upstairs floors are what was the owner's house. The ground floor is designed to look as it might have back in the... More

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MI
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11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Ideal for those interested in the peculiarities and history of pharmacy. You will see plenty of interesting things and learn facts you may not know. Enjoyable if you enjoy trivia.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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137 reviews 137 reviews
15 attraction reviews
417 helpful votes 417 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a quirky little museum that was very interesting. If you are interested in science and old pharmacies, this is the place for you. They have old concoctions, old dr. tools, and leeches. I loved it! I wish we would have spent more time so I could really take it all in.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I visited the pharmacy museum with a friend visiting from out of town. It is full of tons of pharmaceutical history- old bottles with original labels, needles, leech jar, all with historical information cards. They have tours, but only on the weekdays (I was here on a weekend). On the weekend, its a self-guided tour. It is a small museum... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Unless you happen to be in the medical profession with a real interest in old pharmacy bottles, I would totally skip this attraction. While the cost was minimal, the museum was more than boring; not worth the cost. Go around the corner instead to the New Orleans School of Cooking.

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Calgary, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I wish we were there for the tour but we weren't in town then. It was ok to browse by ourselves but would have been way better on the tour. It only cost $5 so can be a nice break from the heat. If you're an American horror story fan I guess they shoot here. It was interesting and disturbing... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

This was a cool little museum. It will take about an hour and only cost $5 to get in. There is a lot of info and old medical displays in there. You can visualize the pharmacy back in the day.

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