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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

A museum in Louisiana showcasing the history of pharmacology and healthcare in the 19th century, housed in a historic apothecary setting.

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The first licensed pharmacy in the United States is located in New Orleans and you can visit it…well, sort of. The original pharmacy was shut down in the early 1900s (or around there), but the Pharmacy Museum restored the building to its original glory. You can now wander through the Victorian apothecary and take a gander at all the—erm—interesting, devices. From bottles of leeches to love potions to Blue Ointment made from mercury, learn about how medical practices have progressed through the centuries.  Fun Fact: Some of New Orleans famous cocktails, like the Sazerac, were invented because of early pharmacies. Peychaud’s Bitters, used in the whiskey-based Sazerac cocktail, was invented by a pharmacist in New Orleans to make medicine a little easier to go down. Turns out it works great as a cocktail mixer, too!

theblondeabroad 4 years ago

We did the self guided tour and we would do it again. Make sure you take time in the back courtyard area, it's a good spot for pictures.

_kfunk 2 years ago

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