Museu da Farmacia
Museu da Farmacia
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
The Pharmacy and Health Museum proposes an attractive and unusual experience through 5000 years of history of health. Its vast collection includes objects of rare artistic, anthropological, and scientific value, describing a journey, where each civilization is portrayed under a narrative of disease-fighting and the seeking of healing and pain relief, since the first traces of life on earth until today, passing through cultures and civilizations as distinct in time and place as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Incas, the Aztecs, Islam, Africa, Tibet, China, Japan, among others. A journey that, although it started in prehistory, it is still being built today on the testimonies that now reach us from the “future”, such as portable pharmacies and first aid kits used by NASA astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodré
Enjoy a cocktail, discover a jazz club, hit the dance floor or simply grab a beer and catch up with your friends in the street: Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodré are the core of it all. Amazing rooftops, restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries, museums and theaters abound. Start off by admiring the river from the Santa Catarina belvedere, have a cocktail at PARK's rooftop bar, try a typical Portuguese steak, or the fresh grilled fish, at Príncipe do Calhariz, and later explore the dozens of streets full of bars and clubs! Whether you're visiting for a day or a whole week, make sure you visit Bairro Alto and its surroundings.
How to get there
  • Cais do Sodré • 6 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 9 min walk
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4.0
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Marshall C
Norman, OK42 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I’m not sure why this received such good ratings. I work in health and was very interested to see this but was really disappointed in the low quality of the exhibit. Also FYI They don’t take cash, the Wi-Fi doesn’t work upstairs in the exhibit and when I came down to tell them this they just shrugged. All the English is through QR codes so you have to use a lot of cellular data to see the exhibits. I would do that for a high quality exhibit but this is nothing special. Spend your time somewhere else.
Written July 28, 2022
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ozzie5melbourne
Melbourne475 contributions
Feb 2020
The museum houses a diverse range of artefacts from old chemist shops (which are so beautiful) to ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Italian items all vaguely connected with pharmacy through the ages. It was the first time I had seen a male chastity belt and the massage machine to manage ‘hysteria’ before Freud stepped in to tell women what it was all about.
Written February 24, 2020
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Emmeline P
Northampton, UK173 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
The museum has two parts - world pharmacy and Portuguese pharmacy. We only had half an hour spare so we decided to view the world pharmacy section only. It has so many wonderful little artefacts from throughout history - loads of items that make you go "ooh, come and look at this".
I think the information regarding each piece could do with being increased - maybe a little section explaining what type of medicine was practised during that era, and in return how the pieces were used.
Also, I paid almost 14 euros for two tickets - which seemed a bit steep for a relatively small museum.
Written June 5, 2019
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Dear Emmeline Thank you for the nice review of our Museum. We are making some changes to improve the experience of the visit. See you soon.
Written June 7, 2019
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YannP
Saint-Cloud, France116 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
This museum won several awards, it was made by pharmacists to show their work... although there are interesting pieces, I have to agree with Robyn_H review, there is no explanation about pharmacy treatments.

It also lacks interactivity. Modern science needs to be explained. We cannot just visit a pharmacy museum and just observe what other civilizations used (or were supposed) to do centuries ago. What about now?
How medication is made now?

Not everything is translated in English.

Yes, we were disappointed.
Written September 9, 2017
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Hello YannP Thank you for your visit.
Written September 6, 2018
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Robyn H
Coeur d'Alene, ID370 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
I work in health care. I was hoping for a look at pharmacy treatments through the ages: how did they year the plague? What were midev trellises? What could you but over the counter at the turn of the century, how did they market laudenum and cocaine,etc.
There were since com things: a WWII medical lot, mex moot from space travel. Old apothecary jars and a mock u from an authentic Chinese apothecary. But it is not about pharmacy artifacts and NOT about pharmaceutical treatment. If that ( artifacts)is what you want it is great, but it wasn't what I was looking for or expected. Also there are several restaurants on premesis and it is a little tricky to locate the museum, it is downstairs.
Written September 7, 2017
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Dear Robyn H Thank for your review.
Written July 9, 2018
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JayjayWolf
65 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
An incredible discovery out of the blue. DEFINITELY worth a trip. We were walking back towards our hotel after taking the tram 28 through the centre, when we stumble across a sign for the Pharmaceutical Museum. Very good lay out and very interesting objects. A real gem to visit!
Written May 20, 2017
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revett2016
Santa Rosa, CA529 contributions
Sep 2016
A real gem of a museum with great exhibits you can see in 45 min. Has great artifacts and dioramas over years. A must see if you are interested in the history of medicine or pharmacy.
Written September 18, 2016
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ceciliamorrison
East Grinstead, UK1,068 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We came across the this museum when viewing Lisbon from a view point near the funicular railway. The museum is beautifully laid out with care, precision and with a attention to detail. It was all very interesting but the lighting, which showed off the exhibits well made reading any attached captions very difficult indeed. Plus there was not a lot of English translation. But don't let this put you off a visit. The period of healing covered is from around c1700until 1950. There were sets of old chemist shops with all the potions on show and including the pharmacist.
Written September 14, 2016
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,673 contributions
Jul 2021
A very good museum providing a comprehensive coverage of pharmaceuticals over a 5,000 year period. Very pleasant staff, especially the young lady at the ticket counter.

The exhibits themselves are well laid out and, for the most part, have labels in both Portuguese and English. Very similar to its sister museum in Porto.

Has a very fine tribute to Dr. Odette Ferreira and an acknowledgment of her research that ultimately led to the identification of HIV-2.

The one criticism I have is that ‘expanded information’ seems to be available only in Portuguese or through the ubiquitous QR codes. Not all of us are addicted to the world of apps, so we lose out on the QR information.

Other than that, this museum is well worth a visit!
Written July 17, 2021
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232TOW_65
Little Rock, AR175 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
More in depth than I imagined. Displays range fro early Chinese pharmacies to chastity belts. Well done.
The pharmacy restaurant was an unexpected treat, especially the cocktail menu which was made to look like a prescription information packet. Very original. The food was great as was the view of the river.
Written October 26, 2019
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Thank you for the visit and evaluation of the Museum. Have a nice stay in Portugal.
Written November 4, 2019
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