Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

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6 reviews
Very good

New York City, NY27 contributions
The Rx for nerdy fun: a time capsule of drug history
Nov 2019 • Solo
This is just a small exhibit housed in an active office building and library, but was fascinating! Exhibits showed medicines throughout time and had highly Instagrammable pharmaceutical branding content. I recommend it in the absence of Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy bar, and recommend it over the Wellcome Collection for more scientifically accurate displays.
Written December 10, 2019
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Leicester, UK1,330 contributions
An interesting find.
Oct 2019
Exhibits from British pharmacy history. Quite a small museum as part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. More interesting obviously if interested in medicines, etc. Free admission and guided tours can be arranged it said, but I went to look on my own. Sheets next to display cases describe exhibits.
Written November 6, 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK344 contributions
Just pretend you’re visiting a “normal” exhibition, where things are supposed to cater for your touristy needs. But as
May 2019 • Solo
... soon as you realize you’re in an institutional museum, you aren’t being attentive enough if you are to miss all the obscurity from an “outsider” perspective, i.e. from someone like you.

You’ll find it pretty obvious as you walk along the corridors with these display cabinets, that there would be TV screens showcasing portraits of their presidents, one by one. Like a screensaver not on a rescue mission. Sooner or later you’ll also realize for every time you pass another corner, there’s yet another screen showing the exact same thing.

It’s of course a fairly common sight – even Royal Institution / Faraday Museum has portraits of ever-lesser-known figures as you reach the top floors. And if you’d rather get too much information on its clients (patients) rather than those who help build it, try Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability.

Internal celebrations. Cryptic wordplays. Paid arcane knowledge. Let’s review the golden triangle that requires you to do your own deciphering and to filter out the interesting and the likable.

Institutional museums are thus like voluntary attractions in a way but with much, much more resources.

1. Pots and mortars at the main entrance – simple and to the point. After that: a copy of Pharmacopoeia Londinenlis (2nd ed.), a list of approved medicine published 1618.

2. You’re then left to reconstruct the historic timeline to decide which cabinet to go next. Start right across with “Early Pharmacy”.

3. Its discussion on the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London suggests it being an early phase of dispensing. But if you’re to join the next Open House, you can actually visit its head offices in the City.

4. The rest of the cabinets go through each of the imperial periods. Hilarious drug posters that will surely be banned today. Drug jars. Proprietary medicines. Ingredients. End products.

(The impressive library is right next door for your admiration.)
Written July 9, 2019
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Jill G
London, UK45 contributions
Interesting tour around small museum
Nov 2018 • Friends
I visited as part of an organised group of older people on a pre booked and paid for tour. 2 members of staff took a small group each and showed us around the exhibits which are all on the ground floor. They were very knowledgeable about the items, and the history of pharmacology in the UK and had many stories to tell. The tour took an hour and a half, maybe a little bit too long for standing for some of our group, but everyone was interested and there were plenty of questions.
Written December 5, 2018
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Uppsala, Sweden1 contribution
Book a tour
Aug 2013 • Solo
I stopped by for a quick visit as I had two hours before I left London. The first floor is free and open to the public during regular business hours, but for the rest you need a guided tour. They do have some interesting exhibits, however it's rather small. It took me 1½ hour to see and read everything. So book a tour if you're going there, I might go back for one the next time I'm in town.

It's pretty easy to get there, just take the tube to Lambeth North, walk straight up past the church and the Pineapple Pub until the road ends. Take a right and walk under the tracks. Keep going until you reach the roundabout and it will be on your left hand side.
Written August 13, 2013
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