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Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

Laentinen Rantakatu 13, Turku 20100, Finland
+358 2 2620280
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Beautiful well preserved pharmacy museum

Very well laid out and presented. Fascinating to see how a pharmacy would have looked both at front... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
A little gem

The museum itself is bigger and more fascinating than you expect. Centrally located you will most... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Helsinki, Finland
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The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times in Turku. The house was built approximately in the year 1700 to an area that was reserved for the nobility. Check for opening times online.
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“old house” (3 reviews)
“wooden house” (3 reviews)
“aura river” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Laentinen Rantakatu 13, Turku 20100, Finland
+358 2 2620280

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Very well laid out and presented. Fascinating to see how a pharmacy would have looked both at front of house and behind the scenes. Beautiful selection of pharma equipment - worth the entry price if you are into historical buildings

Thank 10Patrick
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The museum itself is bigger and more fascinating than you expect. Centrally located you will most likely walk past anyway. If you are visiting during summer, the real magic is in the courtyard (accessible to all, not just museum goers); a small 1700-style café with...More

Thank lmsk2014
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We popped in here as it was just down the block from our hotel. It is a lovely little museum which covers the house as well as the apothecary. It's a nice distraction whether your interest is pharmacological history or social history. Some of the...More

Thank Playfairest
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This museum combines a 19th century Pharmacy with an 18th century home. It is bigger than it looks from the outside and there is much to see. A delightful way to spend an hour.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Right on the River Aura the Pharmacy museum is well worth a visit. It's full of intricate artificacts relating to the art of medicine making in a bygone era. What's not clear from the main entrance is that for the admission price you also access...More

Thank Lorna K
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We visited Qwensel house and garden to have a cup of coffee and were positively surprised. The atmosphere was peaceful and time seemed to have stopped there. The garden was like an oasis in the middle of the city. Cafeteria was also excellent and service...More

Thank Anssi P
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This place is on the north river walk, but rather hidden away. It is genuinely interesting, with some splendid rooms not only showing a pharmacist lived and worked in the 19th century, but also the herbs and spices employed medicinally. Reasonably cheap to go round,...More

Thank andrewjameswarren
Reviewed 12 June 2017

If you can catch this museum when it's open, it's worth a visit! This is a house + pharmacy that has been kept in good condition and preserved with its furniture, decorations, and tools. It's fun to walk through and imagine what old Turku was...More

Thank zenobianblue
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Excellent museum, good information about the pharmacy, drugs used in the 18th & 19th centuries and about the house the apothecary lived in.

Thank Tiina H
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Even if you are not interested of herbs this is worth visiting. It is surprising how medicine is developed in just recent years and how much we still could use nature's own supplements instead of industrial chemicals. And no, I do not believe in pseudo...More

Thank Simo R
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