Imagine walking into a drug store where you can get a sleeping potion or aphrodesiac made to order. (No kidding, one of the drawers in the upstairs was labeled "Aphrodesiac.") This museum is actually better described as a place where time has stood still. It stopped in the 1930's, so remember that some of the ambiance will reflect later times. This is the sort of place where my father's older brother, who became a pharmacist in 1900, might have worked. The downstairs has patent medicines and prescriptions for the famous (like Robert E. Lee) on display, but the upstairs is the most intriguing, a veritable Hogwarts of intriguing natural (?!!) ingredients. No eye of newt, but you can find just about everything else. Step into the 18th century and wonder how our ancestors managed to survive some of these "cures." Still, some of the ingredients are still used in our modern medicines, and this was the forerunner to the compounding pharmacy.
A fascinating tour, though I might like some interpretive displays outside of the time capsule that is the museum, to put it all into perspective. Overall, though, it was a great look at period medicine and materia medica.
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