NEWSLETTER SIGNUP
Your monthly guide to NOLA'S foods, drinks, music and more.
Please enter a valid email address
Pharmacy Museum
 

Pharmacy Museum
www.pharmacymuseum.org

Pharmacy Museum

514 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 565-8027
Fax: (504) 565-8028

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
Free Off-Street Parking: No
Handicapped Accessible: No/Unknown

Attraction Information

Attraction Type/s:  Museum
Admission Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students. Children under age 5 are admitted free of charge.

Description:

In the early 1800s, Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr. of New Orleans became America’s first licensed pharmacist. During a century in which yellow fever, dysentery, malaria and other tropics-related epidemics were frequent and widespread, Monsieur Dufilho and his staff – as well as other pharmacists who followed in his footsteps – were very busy people, preparing medicines to fight back against these diseases.

Today, Dufilho’s 1823 apothecary shop on Chartres Street in the French Quarter houses the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, or “La Pharmacie Francaise,” as it is known in French, Dufilho’s native tongue. It is widely believed to be the largest and most diverse pharmaceutical collection in a single location in the United States, containing old patent medicines, books, and pharmaceutical equipment dating back as far as the early 1800s.

Among the hundreds of medical artifacts are circa 1860 hand-carved rosewood cabinets stocked with hand-blown apothecary bottles filled with crude drugs. Live leeches, leech jars, bloodletting devices, 19th century trade cards, pharmacopoeias, prescription files, and daily journals are also located in the handsome display cabinets. Civil War enthusiasts will find surgical instruments used during the war. Cosmetics and tools of the apothecary are also on exhibit.

There is also a fascinating exhibit on epidemics that have struck New Orleans over the years, resulting in thousands of casualties, but also resulting in valuable research that helped conquer these dreaded diseases.

The museum also features a re-created 19th century physician’s study and the Rosenthal Spectacle Collection, which illustrates the historical development of spectacles and other antique vision aids from around the world. Additional exhibits include homeopathic remedies, nearly 200-year-old dental instruments, and other medical memorabilia.

Visitors are encouraged to walk through the newly renovated courtyard, which contains a garden of herbs used for medicinal purposes in earlier years, and whose use is being revisited by naturopathic doctors today. The courtyard provides a pastoral, characteristically French Quarter setting for private parties and receptions and is available for rental to large and small groups.

 
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Pharmacy Museum
Pharmacy Museum Photos
(47 Photos)

Pharmacy Museum Video 1
 
 
 
DRIVING DIRECTIONS
 
From
To
Pharmacy Museum
or enter address
Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Country:
Address: 514 Chartres St.
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Zip Code: 70130
Country: USA

Get Directions to Other Locations

 
Arrival
Departure
 
Hotels Bed and Breakfasts
 
Newsletter Signup

Your monthly guide to NOLA's foods, drinks, music and more

 
 

View Gallery

See More

Sign Up
close button

Get the LOCAL Perspective!

Get travel tips, find hidden gems, and get insider information from the Official New Orleans Newsletter

Email

close button

Thank You For Signing Up!

You are now subscribed to our New Orleans e-newsletter and we'll send you the news each month. You can unsubscribe at any time directly from any mailing.

Thanks again for your interest in New Orleans and best wishes for a memorable visit!

 
Things to See & Do | Travel Tools | Accommodations | Calendar | Media Relations | About NOTMC | Contact Us
Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Site Search | Meetings, Conventions & Group Sales | Doing Business in New Orleans

The Official Tourism Site of the City of New Orleans: NewOrleansOnline.com
All contents © 1996-2016 New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation unless otherwise specified herein. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED