Museum of Pharmacy, Sibiu
As an employee of the Food and Drug Administration, I was interested to visit the Sibiu Museum of Pharmacy.
The Sibiu Pharmacy Museum is housed in a 1569 Gothic townhouse in the Grand Square, in the location where the oldest pharmacy in Romania operated for over 150 years.
The rows of ceramic jars, and walls of carefully labeled herbs drawers may not be entirely Romanian (some are imported from Vienna), but a back room dedicated to Homeopathy is. The room is in honor of Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy. Hahnemann is credited with coming up with many of the early ideas that lead to homeopathy in Sibiu, and some of his original plans and instruments are on display.
A middle room displays a chemist's laboratory, with brass scales, glass retorts and jars, and iron presses ranging from the 15-19th century. The museum's collection comes from old chemist shops, medical institutions, and individuals, and I find it amazing that some of this stuff has SURVIVED the ages. There are several medicine cabinets (the size of armoires - definitely NOT your "hang on the wall over the bathroom sink" type).
If you are like me and have to read every display card, you can expect to spend 45 minutes to 1 hour - otherwise, allow 30 minutes. The admission was 6 lei in 2012.
The museum of Pharmacy is housed in a buidling which dates back to 1569. It was one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. Samuel Hohnemann (1755-1843) invented homeopathy in the basement of this house. His laboratories, phials and plans are on display. The museum contains more than 6000 old medical instruments and dispensing tools.
At the front, is a reconstructed eighteenth century chemist's shop, with wooden counters and stacks of glass jars. Paying the admission fee to see all of this very small museum is really only worth it if you are seriously interested in the history of pharmacy. You can just look inside the door and see the pharmacy shop. I paid the admission fee and saw the back rooms, which reminded me of school chemistry labs.
Located in an historical building dated 1569 where one of the oldest pharmacy in country was.
Samuel Hohnemann (1755-1843) invented homeopathy and developed his treatment in the basement of this house. Some of his phials and plans are on display.
The exhibition is organized on the structure of a classical pharmacy that includes two laboratories, one homeopathic sector and a documentation sector. It contains over 6000 ancient medical instruments and dispensing tools from the time when Sibiu had more chemists' than anywhere else in Transylvania.
At the front, a reconstructed shop is decked out with wooden counters and stacks of glass jars creating the atmosphere of an 18C apotek. The furniture is Viennese.
Very important is the collection of pharmaceutics jars made of wood with painted marks.