New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

"Almost every cobbled street in the Big Easy houses some eclectic museum or another, and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is one of the best." - Rand McNally, Best of the Road

Are your students looking for something a bit out of the ordinary while visiting New Orleans? Head to the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, the circa-1823 apothecary turned museum that features educational exhibits of early medicines, superstitious cures, and much more relating to the pharmaceutical world.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum sits within the Vieux Carre Historic District. The museum showcases an extensive medical collection and provides interactive educational programs to present and preserve the rich history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana's past and present.

During your group's visit, you will learn the history of America's first licensed pharmacist, Louis J. Dufilho, Jr, whose most significant contribution to the world of pharmacy and healthcare happened in 1816, when he became the first person to pass the pharmacy licensing exam set in 1804. This made his pharmacy the first US apothecary shop 'to be conducted on the basis of proven adequacy'. In your museum exploration, you will also learn about questionable medical practices and methods of administration of the past as well as see such things as local excavated bottles, voodoo potions, surgical instruments, soda fountains, and Dr. J William Rosenthal's Spectacles collection. You will also be able to explore a historic courtyard, carriageway, loggia, sick room, and living quarters.

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