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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 174 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

I say that as someone who usually hates guided tours. I believe there is a tour everyday at 1 PM. We happened to visit while it was closed for a private tour: a school field trip. We popped in to see when it would be open again, but the first floor is just one large room, and the only employee... More

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Leesville, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

by the time we got here, the damn museum was closed so all me and my friend could do was stare thru the glass. It looked amazing tho the things we could see from standing outside.

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Clemson, South Carolina
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I found this museum he French quarter. As a chemist it drew my attention so in i went. The museum is a little more than an early pharmacy. There are exhibits in the medical field also. The building was also interesting to see. The price is okay and there are lots of chemistry history there.

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Pittsburgh
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Pharmacy Museum tour was recommended to us by another tour group so we thought we'd give it a try. The $5, one hour tour starts at 1PM and is well worth your time. The man who gives the tour is extremely knowledgeable about pharmacy practices in the 1700 and-1800s and is very funny. My teens, 13 and 15, really... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Pharmacy Museum is worth the trip if you have any connection to pharmacy or optometry--both are housed in the same museum. The bottom floor houses all pharmacy items, from an 1800's pharmacy to Love Potion #9 original bottles. The second floor houses a display on optometry--how rims were fashioned out of whale bone, etc.

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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I've traveled to many places in the world, but have not yet seen a pharmacy museum anywhere until I visited New Orleans. This museum is located right in the heart of French Quarter, several blocks from the famous St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. The admission is $5 for self paced tour, and they also offer guided tour, but I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is a great little museum. Tons of information. The only problem we saw were that people just fly through. If you just go through to look at things, you will not like this museum. Most products look very similar. If you take your time, read the cards/info, you will enjoy yourself very much (assuming you are interested in old... More

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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We had heard of this museum before our trip and had planned to stop just for the "campiness" of it. This museum exceeded our expectations. The display cabinets themselves are amazing, and the artifacts are numerous. This is well worth the $5 admission if you have some time to kill. This is a bit of a fledgling museum without the... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

As someone in the biological sciences I made it a point to visit to the NO Pharmacy Museum, housed in the first American pharmacy, plus it was right behind our hotel (Omni Royal). While I had to make sure to visit during the limited hours, the collection is expansive and impressive. I opted for the self-guided tour because I didn't... More

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Walked passed many time on various visits to the city but never found it open. Our entry free was $4 seniors On the ground floor Bloodletting, leeches and medical practices are featured I believe it was an original mid-19th Century apothecary shop. Lots of Hand-blown apothecary bottles filled with drugs, and medicinal herbs. Well worth a walk through.

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