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“Lovely little museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pharmacy Museum

Pharmacy Museum
Ul. Florianska 25, Krakow 31-019, Poland
+48 12 422 42 84
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Ranked #55 of 247 things to do in Krakow
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I recommend this museum to anyone interested in the subject, or just fond of Old Stuff. The building, too, is worth a look. There's not a lot of English explanation, though there's a laminated sheet of explanations for each room, and no fancy interactive displays, just solid objects and elegant display cabinets. You can zip round the five floors in an hour to get the general impression, or take longer and examine individual exhibits more closely.

Visited September 2013
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Danbury, United Kingdom
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“Glad we found it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Eventually located the small frontage in Florianska and was very glad to have found it. The museum is located on 5 floors and the climb up is worthwhile. Well documented in each room with many exhibits being multilingual. Not to be confused with the Pharmacy under the Eagle in the ghetto area although there is a small section devoted to the pharmacist who ran that.

Visited September 2013
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Grand Rapids, MI
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“What a gem of a museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We aren't pharmacists (though my husband is an MD) and we found this museum fascinating! It is in an old Burgher (sp?) mansion/home which in and of itself is fascinating. It is self guided. You can purchase a leaflet describing the rooms and exhibits or use information cards at the enterance to each room or exhibit. All kinds of interesting things to look at... They have several complete antique pharmacy interiors. Exhibits illustrating how medicines were made and the equipment they used. Some macabre examples of things people used to try to cure illnesses. Some of this seemed right out of Harry Potter...wouldn't be suprised if JK Rowling visited and got some ideas! :-) A hidden gem... Wouldn't have missed it! We almost had it to ourselves too which was a shame.

Visited May 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Cute museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Although it holds great significance, the museum is extremely small and not worth paying any money for.
Go and look at it from the outside and enjoy its significance, but I wouldn't waste your time or money going in.
Only two very small rooms.

Visited September 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Located just off old town (Not Jewish Ghetto) - Interesting for pharmacists”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Following the address above it is tricky to locate the small door on the Florianska street, but well worth the find if you are interested in pharmacy history. Note the limited opening hours on the internet to insure it is open when you arrive.

I am a pharmacist so found it very interesting to see how dispensing and products were made yonders ago. The museum is quite large for a pharmacy museum, many I have been to have had limited antiques etc or are only a small part in a larger museum. There are 5 floors and rooms on each floor are set up with a different theme. They replicate what an old dispensary used to look like and information can be gained from the info cards located at the door to each room.

My mother came with me and has little interest in pharmacy but found it very enjoyable, although I think you would have a hard time convincing those with no medical background to find it overly fulfilling when there is so much to see in Krakow.

I think there is some confusion in other reviews as this is not the Tadeusz Pankiewicz "Under the Eagle" Pharmacy located in the Jewish Ghetto, this pharmacy museum does have one room dedicated to the Under the Eagle pharmacy but is more about the history of pharmacy in Poland as a whole.

Visited June 2013
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