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Spark Some Chemistry at the Pharmacy Museum

26. January 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

If you’re strolling on the streets of Lviv near the Market Square, look for a door between two sculptured plaques and you’ll find the Pharmacy Museum. One sculpture depicts Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine, and the other one is his daughter Hygiene, the Greek goddess of health.


The museum was opened in 1966 in the building of an old drugstore which was called Under the Black Eagle. The drugstore was established in 1735 by Wilhelm Natorp, a military pharmacist. In 1868, a group of pharmacists started the first collection and this eventually grew into an entire museum.


Guests can explore 16 rooms which are filled with antique pharmaceutical appliances, prescriptions, medicines, dishes, and a library of pharmacy-related books. There is even a functional alchemy laboratory.


Of the over 2,000 exhibits, the early 19th century oil lamps are some of the most treasured artifacts. The oil lamp was invented in Lviv and was credited with improving conditions in the city’s hospitals.


For an interesting and educational date with your favorite Ukrainian bride, check out the Pharmacy Museum!


Photos: Lviv Today