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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

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Address: 514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Located at the site of the first licensed apothecary shop, the Pharmacy...

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.

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This is a fascinating museum with actual relics from way back in the day. I wasn't expecting much but ended up staying for our 2 hours. I recommend doing a walk through first then... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a fascinating museum with actual relics from way back in the day. I wasn't expecting much but ended up staying for our 2 hours. I recommend doing a walk through first then staying for the actual tour as you'll learn plenty between the two.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

... if you're interested in this sort of thing, this is an absolutely fascinating little museum. My husband fled after a little while, but I got lost in all the nifty descriptions and details. An amazing amount of information and exhibits for such a small space, really gives you an idea of how far we've come. Especially interesting: Bitters and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting museum full of artefacts and curios. Lots of things to look at but dulled down by display. The $5 entry fee is on par with other venues in the city but while you get the history I am not sure we came away much the wiser regarding pharmacology and New Orleans. Lots to look out with 2 floors on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pharmacy Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday with the guided tour/lecture at 1:00pm only on Tuesday-Friday. The lecture alone was worth the price of admission. For one hour our docent provided a talk about 19th Century medicine in New Orleans. He was very knowledgeable and had some incredibly interesting stories from that era. The museum itself is on two floors with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Educational, fascinating and interesting. This is a terrific gem of a place which we accidentally found while wandering the streets in this part of New Orleans. I loved reading about the mandrake root, what great folklore. This is such a great museum, worth taking a quick look at. It's not huge , doesn't take long but stepping back in time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is located right in the heart of the French Quarter. The cost is only $5. Well worth it. The shear volume of old pharmaceuticals is amazing. The attendant said that anything in the bottles is the original substance. Lots of info on the different classes of drugs, "snake oils," surgical tools and midwifery. If you love learning history... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you are not in the medical profession you can appreciate how far technology has come from the days when bloodletting was an acceptable form of treatment. This museum has it all - medications, surgical instruments, treatment rooms. I loved it and could have spent all day in there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this museum, completely accidentally.WOW! The stories that go with the medical and pharmaceutical history of New Orleans are humorous, frightening, and compelling. The curator's immense knowledge of this history is what makes this pharmacy one to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had Owen give us a great tour, and he was entertaining as well as knowledgeable about 19th century medicine and pharmacy in New Orleans. There was no frivolous exaggeration, only truth in this tour. Fascinating how far we have come in 150 years of treating disease and injury!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am very proud of my family's heritage as pharmacists, for several generations now (me excluded). I've visited this Museum starting back in the late 90s, driven to describe both its contents, history, and contributions to NOLA to my pharmacist family members. I highly recommend a tour of the NOLA Pharmacy Museum to anyone, since many of us are familiar... More 

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