Pharmacy History Museum

Pharmacy History Museum


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Muzeul de Farmacie, Piața Mică, Nr. 26 Ground Floor, Sibiu, România


The Pharmacy History Museum was opened for visitation in 1972, its foundation being based on the long history of the pharmacy in Sibiu, because the first pharmacy on the Romanian territory was documented here (1494).

The building of the museum is located in the Small Square at no. 26, representing an architectural historic monument that contains gothic and renaissance elements, dating since 1568. This building housed one of the oldest pharmacies of Sibiu, La Ursul Negru (At the Black Bear), founded around the year 1600.

The collections of the museum include over 6.600 pieces that present the evolution of medication and pharmaceutical techniques over the years.

The sectors with exhibits of the museum are divided as follows:

Dispensary – the traditional component of a pharmacy, where the medicinal products are displayed. The furniture of the room was manufactured in Vienna in 1902 and it belonged to the old pharmacy La Vulturul Negru (At the Black Eagle) of Sibiu.

Laboratory – where the following are displayed: medical balances, brass, cast iron and marble mortars, crushing and pulverizing machines, pieces for tablets and suppositories, percolators for medicinal plants tinctures, ceramic and metallic containers, melting pots, measuring tin cups, sieves, filters and laboratory glassware.

The Collection of Homeopathy exemplifies the homeopathic therapy tradition in Sibiu, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of the therapeutic doctrine, lived and was active in Sibiu between 1777 and 1779, as physician and secretary of Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, Governor of Transylvania. 
The Collection includes over 2.900 pieces, namely kits and bottles of homeopathic recipes, which were taken over from the former apothecary La Înger (At the Angel) in Sibiu.

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