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Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

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Address: Laentinen Rantakatu 13, Turku 20100, Finland
Phone Number: +358 3 5822620280
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times...

The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times in Turku. The house was built approximately in the year 1700 to an area that was reserved for the nobility.

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Quaint Apothecary

This lovely, small historical house and pharmacy is worth the visit as you stroll down the Aura River. Interesting glimpse into pharmacy and medicine in the 19th century. There is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 29, 2016
Lumos586
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Connecticut
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Turku, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested of history of pharmacy this is a good option, the best things are visible when you enter this museum so moving to other rooms does not give as much as the room of entrance so stepping in and having a look around is always good option even you would decide not to pay the entrance fee

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

This lovely, small historical house and pharmacy is worth the visit as you stroll down the Aura River. Interesting glimpse into pharmacy and medicine in the 19th century. There is a little cafe in the courtyard hidden from the street that we did not have time to visit. However it looked yummy.

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Kaarina, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

..by the river of Aura, very close to all shopping places you can find a place where the time stops. Small rooms, in old fashion style you get served coffee from a copper pot and different kinds of cakes. Naturally you can also enjoy tea or lemonade as well.. You can't imagine you are in the down town area. Very... More 

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Thank Marjaboa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

In the very center of Turku you can find the old pharmacy museum: the whole old pharmacy has been kept on its place with all the tools which have been used in the past. Just next to the museum you can find a café. The café has the same old-style of the museum and has amazing cakes and drinks. Warmly... More 

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Thank Francesco F
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Kid's dream of a home laboratary. Lots of dangerous chemicals, scary medical instruments, old laboratory utensils, herbs, etc in a genuine 18th century Apothecary's shop. Also you visit a complete home with furniture from the same time period. Embroideries made from hair.

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Thank kattullus
Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Cafe Qwensel is hidden behind the Pharmacy Museum. It is located in the quiet courtyard and takes you away from the busy city life. You can sit inside or outside and it is a very idyllic cafe.The prices are reasonable and all the cakes and pastries are delicious. It is open during the opening hours of the Pharmacy Museum.... More 

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Thank Liisa738
Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

It´s an interesting place. I have been there with friends and also with my son. Everybody has been delighted . It´s not just simple history, but also curiosities and things to touch, smell, try..... It´s quite a unique experience. I liked also the staff´s uniforms. One feels there as traveling for a short time in the past. Nice and interesting.

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Thank Lehtinen
Helsinki
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2015

Oddly the museum and cafe reviews are mixed together here. The cafe is good and has nice location. Good location.

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Thank Edelfelt
Turku, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2015

Located centrally next to the Aura river. Interesting and good collection of old pieces of furniture. Traditional building and well preserved to keep the old charm, feeling and touch of history. Interesting also for the children, as there are many small things in the Museum. There is a traditional café located behind the Museum. I recommend to visit both to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2015

A quiet little gem of interest - though my background in chemistry and the fact I wandered in with my pharmacist uncle certainly didn't hurt. This is an unpretentious little museum, giving a small window into the past. pamphlets with explanations/descriptions in several languages were available to take through the rooms, at no additional charge. An enjoyable hour or two.

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