The Pharmacy Museum and The Qwensel House


in short

The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times that has survived in its entirety. The house was built approximately in the year 1700 to an area that was reserved for the nobility in the city plan put up by Peter Brahe. A pharmacy from the 19th century has been furnished in the shop wing of the building. The pharmacy has a material room and a herb room, two laboratories and an office. The office has the oldest survived pharmacy interior in Finland.
Apteekkimuseo ja Qwenselin talo
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The Pharmacy Museum and The Qwensel House

in detail

The exhibition wing of the building has Åke Lydman's collection of pharmacy utensils on display. There is also a pharmaceutical research laboratory and pharmacy history exhibition in the wing. In addition to the main exhibitions, there are also varying smaller exhibitions and events held at the museum every year.

The use of pharmaceutical herbs can be studied with the lead of an "apothecary" at the Children's Pharmacy, the inner courtyard and outdoors. The authentic pharmacy cabinet is from the Uusikaarlepyy Pharmacy.The former stable, toilet and barn are located at the northern end of the Pakaritupa wing of the building. The Pipping family used to have a garden with apple trees and plants along the Linnankatu Street (formerly Kuningattarenkatu Street).

Qwensel House is Turku´s oldest bourgeois residence, built around the turn of the 17th century. The rococo and Gustavian styled rooms display some of the lifestyle of the upper classes. The making of drugs in earlier times presented in the permanent exhibition as well as the later development of the pharmacy as an institution. A  collection of pharmacist Åke Lydman.
Apteekkimuseo ja Qwenselin talo
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Pharmacy Museum and The Qwensel House
Läntinen Rantakatu 13
20100 Turku
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
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open 4.5.-19.9.2010 - The exhibition portal for Europe