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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

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Address: 514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 504-565-8027
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Description: Located at the site of the first licensed apothecary shop, the Pharmacy...
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.
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Interesting, quirky museum.

I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. For only $5 you get to step back in time into a late 19th century pharmacy. Very interesting artifacts and a fun history lesson.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. For only $5 you get to step back in time into a late 19th century pharmacy. Very interesting artifacts and a fun history lesson.

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arlington heights, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It's two stories, but just small little display rooms and they hand you some little booklets to read about stuff. Maybe it's better if you take the 1:00 daily tour.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The museum is interesting. We got to go in because we were at the NABP meeting. The museum is in good shape and if you have time to go through slowly and read a lot there are some great old remedies. It's worth a stop.

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Port Washington, New York
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I stopped by the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum to find an amazing guided tour by Owen. The museum isn't too large but there are a lot of interesting things to view. However, if you go definitely make sure you take the tour. Owen was a wealth of knowledge and his enthusiasm just made his presentation perfect. You will learn a... More 

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Seattle
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Lots of reading if you don't take a tour, but that was okay with us. We learned many interesting, unexpected things about topics like voodoo and heroin/cocaine use in meds. Two levels to explore, with a childbirth room that made my knees a bit weak while reading about various tools. Not so much for younger kids, who might find it... More 

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Houston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I have tried to get into this museum many times over the years--no matter what I do, can't seem to ever find it open. It's great if you could just get inside!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was like a one-act one-man play, as the guide, Owen, led us around the downstairs room of this original pharmacy, giving us a history lesson of living conditions and so-called medicine in the 19th century. His presentation, and the insights and tidbits he shared were so informative and enjoyable, it is hard to believe that admission to the museum,... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

...but I was too late! Looks very interesting and wish I had time to go back to tour the place. It looks to be very authentic and as I collect apothecary bottles, I would have loved it - my loss!

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Stow, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Small cheap to get into. Still has original medications in jars etc. not handicapped accessible interesting to see instruments used and birthing room

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife (non-medical) and I (medical) loved this place. Fascinating history of what medicine and surgery was like not too long ago. Its $5 per person and if you go at 1PM there is an included tour of the first floor by an awesome, friendly and fun tour guide. There is also an awesome second floor that you can tour... More 

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