Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, Turku: Address, Phone Number, Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House Reviews: 4.5/5

Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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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1-2 hours
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Sanna
Southwest Finland, Finland431 contributions
A Turku must-see
May 2021 • Solo
I always enjoy visiting this place, but after a few years it felt all new again. The museum basically consists of two separate ones, and has plenty to offer for curious visitors. Museum shop was quite nice, with all kinds of related stuff! Definitely worth a visit for anyone looking to know what living in historical Turku would've looked like, as well as for science and herb enthusiasts.
Written 10 August 2021
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Karolina K
21 contributions
Worth your while
Jul 2020 • Solo
Cheap to visit, small but full of stuff (it's two museums in one) and the adjancent cafe is wonderful (try their pies!).
Written 13 July 2020
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Matias V
Espoo, Finland392 contributions
Nice, small museum
Feb 2020 • Couples
View to how pharmacy people lived and worked in 1800’s. Especially the old pharmacy is worth the visit. Interesting also to see how they made medicine back then.
Written 23 June 2020
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Phil
Odessa, Ukraine2,222 contributions
A true gem
Feb 2020 • Family
This place took us by surprice. We just walked by, and had spare time explore. Well preserved pharmacy and a private residence. You must come here. One highlight on our Turku trip.
Written 17 February 2020
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lady5000
Sydney, Australia503 contributions
Very enjoyable visit to museum and cafe.
Aug 2019 • Solo
I had lunch at the cafe indoors (smoked Reindeer quiche and fresh cherry juice), a visit to museum, the cake outside afterwards at the cafe again. A delightful spot to relax with friendly staff at both.
The House and Pharmacy museum has a small brochure but take the book offered as it has quite a lot of information about the furnishings. I went around and asked questions if the guide but then flicked through the book at reception and revisited the rooms. The hair pictures by the daughter in the bedroom are fascinating and the special chair for ladies to sit with the bustles on their long dresses is interesting. The pharmacy section interesting too with the types of ingredients used and drying room for herbs and plants.
Half price for retirees too at 3 euro so if you are retired, don't buy the museum card as cheaper to buy individually.
Written 16 August 2019
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Otus
Turku, Finland19 contributions
Lovely museum & amazing cafe
Aug 2019 • Couples
Interesting, small museum and an old home. You don't have to be interested in pharmacology. The cafe is one of my favourite places in Turku, my happy place. The old crockery, quaint and lush garden, served by kind staff. They serve very tasty stuff baked using old-fashioned recipes.
Written 9 August 2019
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland20,346 contributions
Interesting authentic museum
Oct 2018 • Couples
The Pharmacy Museum is located in the Qwensel House which is the oldest wooden house in Turku. It was built in 1700.

Beside the Qwensel House with its Rococo and Gustavian interiors, the museum exhibits the history of pharmacies in Finland during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Written 15 November 2018
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Paddais
Piikkio, Finland37 contributions
Genuine 18th century house and interior
Jun 2018 • Friends
One of few wooden houses that remain after the destructive fire in the beginning of the 19th century that destroyed nearly the whole town. The interior is particularly interesting as it is well furnished with 18th century furniture and shows how the richer tradesmen lived in town and how large outbuildings were common. The pharmacist was particularly well off so he also had an estate outside town, supplying him with all food necessary. The pharmacy itself and the room were medical plants were processed is unique.
Written 21 June 2018
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Lorna K
273 contributions
Turku’s oldest building
Jan 2018 • Solo
This lovely little museum (Pharmacy Museum and the adjourning Qwensel house) is usually only open in the summertime, but opened for Christmastide with a special exhibition of how the artisans spent Christmasses last.

I highly recommend the Pharmacy Museum (and children’s Pharmacy in the back yard) and the house itself is very interesting.

Be sure to walk across to the opposite side of the river and view the wonderful old building from there. It looks a lot more lovely in the summer!

Qwensel cafe in the courtyard is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a coffee and their speciality home made donuts. Enjoy!
Written 3 January 2018
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JoonaPaatalo
Turku, Finland142 contributions
Very nice but not a "must"
Dec 2017 • Family
This little museum is like a reconstruction of a 18th century pharmacy and the home of the pharmacist. It's nice and authentic, but quite small, there are not more than 10 tiny rooms. The staff is clothed authentically too, and they're telling about the items in the museum if you're willing to listen. The actual guided tour will be 3€ extra for the 4,50€ ticket (adult). If you like history, consider this and the Luostarinmäen käsityöläismuseo!
Written 3 December 2017
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