The Taquechel Pharmaceutical Museum Museums, Havana . Cuba
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- Obispo 155 e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio. Old Havana, Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
An old family house adapted in 1898 to establish an important pharmacy. Restored in 1996, it was turned into a peculiar museum with an ample collection French porcelain flasks dating back to the 19th century and pharmacy and laboratory accessories. As part of its new program, therapeutic natural products as well as homeopathic medicine are available.
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An old house which was turned into a famous pharmacy in 1898. In 1996 it was restored as a singular Museum with a large collection of flasks made of French 19th century porcelain, and both pharmacy and laboratory items. It also sells natural potions for therapeutical use and homeopathic medications.
“A different slice of Old Havana ”
It's nice to see something a little bit different in wonderful Old Havana. As this pharmac is on popular Obispo, it's well and truly on the tourist trail, but worth a visit. I bought a sponge here (for about 10 times the price I could buy them in the market), but every time I use it I think of Old... More
“A glimpse of the past - fascinating medical and mercantile history ”
Stumbled on this place. It is beautiful and fascinating. Excellent for an historical overview of medicine and treatment in Cuba and also of the mercantile trade around these things. The architecture is beautiful and the stained glass is mesmerizing. Half and hour for a decent read through - more if you really want to pay attention to the information provided.
So much art deco in it! The lovers of the style should pay a visit! I think it is for free because it operates as a pharmacy too.
“Time warp ”
Walk down Obispo and you cant miss this place. A working pharmacy whith dark wood shelves packed with porcelain medicine jars. An interesting look back in time but I got the impression that it has been rebuilt and everything was new but made to look old.
“A working museum ”
The interior and displays are wonderful. Part of the pharmacy is still used for dispensing medicines to the locals.
“must see ”
Foiunded in 1898 by the famous the Dr Taquechel and run by his children and grandchildren. A renowned pharmacy and business that was admired all over Cuba for its quality and its devoted family. Seized by the Castro Government in 1960 it emains today as a lovely museum and remembrance of another era. Lovely porcelain medicine jars from France and... More
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