The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum showcases an extensive collection of medical and pharmaceutical artifacts from the 18th and 19th century and also highlights the history of Louis J. Dufilho Jr., America's first licensed pharmacist, whose work symbolizes the beginning of a system of certifying the professional competence of pharmacists and recognizing the vital significance of that competence for the public health. Located in a historic two-story building at 514 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, this museum also provides educational programming on the history of pharmacy and health care. Among the holdings is a large collection of apothecary jars containing their original ingredients, old wheelchairs, black leather physician's bags, medical instruments, eyeglasses, optical prosthetic devices and surgical tools all displayed in hand carver, glass-fronted cabinets. Don't miss the array of voodoo potions, including the famous "Love Potion No. 9" and a white ceramic jar labeled "Leeches" next to an antique brass cash register. The back of the museum has a recreated pharmacist's work area complete with mortar and pestle, microscopes and wooden blenders used to mix talcum powder and alum for use in purifying river water, which was otherwise consumed directly from the polluted Mississippi River. The museum also highlights the original role of the soda fountain, which once served the purpose of helping pharmacy customers chase a particularly nasty tasting medicine, like Castor Oil. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the telling of the history of Dufilho, who was the first to pass the licensing examination ordered by Governor Claiborne in 1804, therefore making his pharmacy the first U.S. apothecary shop to be conducted on the basis of proven adequacy. Previously, a person could apprentice for six months and sell his or her own concoctions or medications without any regulations or standards. For a $5 admission fee, a visitor can obtain a great education into the history of medicine in this country.