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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
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Ranked #26 of 352 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: 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.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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111 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was by far our favorite attraction on this trip to the big EZ. Our guide was excellent. Very imformitive and certainly not plastic.
Highly recommend this stop if you have any interest in this genre, at all.

Visited October 2013
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Santa Fe, NM
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Small gem of museum in a fascinating building”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Particularly interesting to anyone with medical background or interest in history of medicine and pharmacy. The building was site of the pharmacy of first licensed pharmacist in the state and his residence was above. The admission is very inexpensive and worth it just to see the house. The historic exhibits make it even a better value. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
“Great if you are into it.”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

I love old medical tools and the history of pharmacy as my father is a pharmacist. Lots of cool exhibits. I took my girlfriend and she was less into learning about all of the items. If you just walk around and look you can be in and out in less than thirty min. Loved the exhibit on the history of alcohol in medicine. It was not busy at all I think maybe five other people were in the place when we went.

Visited October 2013
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Napa, California
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“History in many bottles”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This museum holds many historic medicinal bottles and scary medical instruments which are part of medicinal history. The beautiful soda fountain there is important because soda fountains started to flavor/hide the taste of bitter tasting medicine. Want to know a little more about leeches and their uses (still being used by the way) there's that. Many concoctions are represented in the cases. A small local interest is the voodoo meds, which were numbered so as to hide the real use (as in love potion #9). Informative and interesting to see, a part of NOLA history (first pharmacy in the country) along with U.S. history. I only did a self guided tour, I would suggest a real tour and get as much out of it as you can. The man behind the counter said he was going to pharmacy school which was cool. There is a second floor also. They said there was medicinal meds in the courtyard but I couldn't see any, another reason to take a tour.

Visited September 2013
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Hawley, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

you are given a self-tour packet and can wander the first and second floor exhibits, and enjoy the courtyard (a lovely spot to relax out of the heat, and there is a separate guide to the medicinal herbs and plants growing in pots). The first floor room is a "pharmacy" - an original soda fountain, lots of bottles and jars and surgical equipment ; the second floor has various exhibits (dental cabinet, eye glasses, a display of unearthed bottles, etc.) plus a room set up as a "sick room" with information on women's health. There is an interesting display of a history of epidemics affecting New Orleans. Truly a very interesting museum!

Visited September 2013
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