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“Wife Had To See It!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)
504-565-8027
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Ranked #104 of 721 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Cleveland, Ohio
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“Wife Had To See It!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

It's a must see even if you are into history. There are many interesting items and facts to learn. We are glad we went in. My wife could have spent several hours there. It's $5 a person, can't beat it.

Visited November 2012
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Just happened upon it & looked around for 3 minutes as I was running late, glad I did”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

didn't have time to take the tour, but it's free to look around & the whole place looks like you stepped back in time into a working pharmacy. Had silver coated pills tablets that the wealthy could purchase as a status symbol, lol they wouldn't disolve though. I really like looking at the display of the rx record keeping. Either a hanging file or large book with fabric pages of pockets, each holding a folded piece of paper per family with details of their rx

Visited October 2012
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“Fascinating little museum in French Qaurter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

What a great little museum! Cost is $5 for a self-guided tour, and I believe that there are also guided tours at certain times of day. The site was originally a pharmacy, though most of its contents were previously destroyed. So what's in the museum now was gathered from old pharmacies in the New Orleans area, and there is plenty to see. It definitely gives you the sense that medical care has improved, but you can't help thinking that a hundred years from now our current state of medicine will look equally outdated and in some cases downright inhumane. I especially enjoyed seeing the exhibit on Pechaud's bitters, which is currently used in the Sazerac cocktail and were once promoted as a medicinal digestive aid. Dr. Pechaud apparently served them in egg cups, the french term for which -- "coquetier" -- is considered the precusor to our term "cocktail." That tidbit alone was worth the price of admission.

Visited October 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“A hidden treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

You could easily pass this place by but don't. You will learn much about the history of medicine and experience a great old New Orleans building and courtyard.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A rainy day adventure or small Wedding venue!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This place is hiding in the middle of the block so look closely! When you walk in there is a guy at the font desk collecting your $5.00, yes $5! And you get to explore all these interesting things inculding the home itself. Yes the Pharmacist had his living quaters upstairs. There is a cute little garden with a fountain in the back that the guy at the front desk was actually setting up for a wedding later that day. They have a collection of old eye glasses. a Birthing table??? weird but it was there and voodoo posions that the Pharmacist use to make and sell under the table!

Visited August 2012
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