New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans Pharmacy MuseumAmerica's first licensed pharmacy in 1823, a museum in the French Quarter since 1950, exhibiting historic instruments, nostrums and medicines.
- 514 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA
- In the French Quarter, on the south side of Chartres St. between St. Louis and Toulouse Sts.
- W-F 10 am - 1 pm, Sa 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
This is a fun little two floor museum. I couldn't take any pictures of the exhibits because a sign outside indicates phones aren't allowed. There are lots of antique bottles and preparation devices There is a section on questionable practices such as blood letting and a display of instruments. The Voodoo section is particularly interesting. The cures were carried around in pockets in clothing and not ingested.
The second floor has sections on gasses, dental care and homeopathy.[Dan Kaplan, 04/22/2012]
Jan. 2013: Photo added.
You can learn a lot about medicine (old and new) in this museum. The leeches are gross but cool. Maybe I'm biased being the son of a pharmacist, but I found this more interesting than the dumb shops in the F.Q. They all have the same trinkets and beads.[Jon P, 09/10/2011]
Located in the French Quarter, this place features leeches, opiates, and some brutal looking tools. The first licensed pharmacy in the USA, this three story museum displays medical oddities that helped to make our current level of health care what it is today. "La Pharmacie Francaise" was constructed in 1823 for America's first licensed pharmacist, Louis J. Dufilho Jr. It's been open as a museum since 1950.[Johnathan Christian, 08/15/2003]
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