Travel back in time and discover the most innovative advances in medicine at the end of the 19th century, in Matanzas.
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Travel back in time and discover the most innovative advances in medicine at the end of the 19th century, in Matanzas. The Pharmaceutical Museum is located in front of La Libertad Park, in Milanés de Matanzas Street, Cuba.
Deserving the consideration of a national monument for its individuality, you will have the privilege of appreciating this old 19th century French apothecary as it was then. Founded in 1882 by Ernesto Triolett and another family member, it is the first of this style that was built in Latin America and the only one that is preserved in the world.
Converted into a museum since May 1, 1964, it left a considerable legacy materialized in collections of instruments used at the time that remains intact.
Take advantage of one of the instructive guided tours offered by the museum on the floor that contains the different rooms of what used to be the apothecary, such as the booth, sales room or the laboratory. The latter is fascinating, because it remains exactly the same as in the times of its operation. Among the treasures that house the walls of the Pharmaceutical Museum, its collection of French porcelain pots and American tinted glass jars containing the remedies stand out.
The recipe books that are still preserved are as precious as the utensils, not only because of their historical value, but because students and people versed in this area take advantage of their knowledge today. Some of the natural ingredients that were used and thousands of paper and glass labels are preserved, which were used to classify medicines, populate the apothecary's shelves.