Pharmazie-Historisches Museum der Universität Basel – Basel, Switzerland - Atlas Obscura

Pharmazie-Historisches Museum der Universität Basel

One of the world's largest collections of pharmaceutical artifacts. 


This “Pharmacy Museum” contains collections of old pharmaceuticals, pharmacy furniture, an alchemistic lab, laboratory utensils, and ceramic mortars.

In 1925, pharmacist Josef Anton Häfliger donated his collection of pharmaceutical items to the University of Basel, founding the museum which is now located in the historical house “Zum Vorderen Sessel.”

The house acquired a printing press, which compelled Erasmus, the humanist, and Paracelsus, the alchemist, to take residence there in the 16th Century. The museum has accumulated a comprehensive collection of obsolete remedies used before the 19th century, outdated pharmaceutical books, and art related to alchemy and pharmaceutical science.

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