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“Historic, Informative, and... Haunted” 5 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 #28 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
Pinellas Park, Florida
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“Historic, Informative, and... Haunted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Having been to NOLA many, many times and having seen all the BIG stuff to see I decided to tackled my list of smaller sights in the Big Easy. Plus since I went around a holiday, it was quite busy. This place is amazing. Not only do they have countless items and pieces of pharmaceutical use from the early 1800's to the mid 1900's. Also, in their vast inventory, they have relics and artifacts from the previous owner when what is now a small fountain was used as a trash dump. What fascinated the most was by the many large jars of what medicine use to look like before it was put into liquid and pill form. Each display case holds medical paraphernalia of all type and it is a must read for the tags of information attached to each. Visitors can tour the second and third floors that used to be the residents the proprietors. There is a back-court garden that is a small and lovely place to relax. A few rooms on the upper levels are set up to show past patient use with period pieces and furniture.

On a side note, this location did make a few most haunted places list for NOLA. I did my pre-trip research. While we didn't SEE any ghosts, visitors due have a distinct feeling of been watch and it's not from the CCTV system that is set up on each floor and garden/court. Local lore has it that the last doctor, who owned the building, conducted shocking experiments on his female patients and that some never left after their treatments. This historic location is great for any history buff and a really neat step in time for those interested in early medical instruments and medicines. I would recommend this place every time.

Visited December 2013
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“Interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The museum is in an actual old pharmacy and covers the first and second floors. There is a little bit of EVERYTHING!!! Including real leeches! The back garden area is nice. There weren't as many plants as usual but it was January! We spent about an hour and a half going through but you could definately spend a lot more time.

Visited January 2014
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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“Amazing place packed full of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I don't even like history & this place was just plain amazing. A must see for anyone who is/desires to be a pharmacist (or may be/has been married to one). So much to see in such a short time frame, though. It is only open 4 hours a day. Take a camera----great shots of so many interesting things!

Visited January 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Worth visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Our reason for visiting the Pharmacy Museum was that our guide on the previous days tour said that she thought it one of the best museums in New Orleans and where she had obtained a lot of her knowledge about practical voodoo.

The pharmacy was very good from the soda fountain and blood letting instruments as you enter to the more textual history in the upstairs rooms. We found it fascinating and a good learning experience.

The museum should appeal to all from young to old and from those with a science interest to those with a historical bent.

Visited December 2013
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“must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

wish i spent longer in here, it's very interesting and there is so much cool stuff to read and look at. I think it would interest anyone.

Visited December 2013
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