The mission of The Pharmacy Museum is to create a view in the society of Latvia on the pharmacy as a medicine field during the course of history, as well to form an understanding of its significance in the development of a healthy society. 16,000 to 18,000 inhabitants of Latvia and foreign tourists attend this museum every year.
Currently, the museum has six exposition halls, where approximately 3000 exhibits are displayed.
The exposition shows the evolution of pharmacy vessels from ancient times till nowadays, diversity of their forms and materials (stone, clay, wood, glass, porcelain etc.), and characteristic design.
The history of pharmacy development in Latvia
The exposition shows the traditions of pharmacy establishment in Latvia, beginning and development of pharmaceutical education, as well as formation and areas of activities of scientific societies. In the exposition, the interior of the pharmacy from the years 1920 to 1930 is shown using the furniture of the Latvian University pharmacy.
In the assistants’ room
The specific arrangement of this room is shown with furniture, devices and upright vessels which are pharmacy-specific.
The exposition gives insight into the technology of pharmaceutical forms in the pharmacy, technology of industrial pharmaceutical forms, pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as pharmacognosy and homeopathy. Pharmacy equipment from 18th to 20th century is displayed, as well as different devices for the preparation of medicines, their forms and packages.
Medicines of the 21st century. Made in Latvia
Reflects the history of Latvian pharmaceutical manufacturers and medicines manufactured by them during the turn of the century (20th/21st century).
Pharmacy – laboratory, 18th to 19th century
The possibility to gain insight into the mystic middle age alchemic laboratory and imagine methods of preparation of the philosophy stone and eternal elixir of youth – distillation, sublimation etc.
At the little house of the folk healer the diversity of Latvia’s flora is shown, as well as healing methods used in folk medicine – whipping with bristles and application of horns.
In the inner yard of the museum there is a little garden of herbs, where both plants which are unique and in widely used in folk medicine are shown.
The pleasant atmosphere in the yard is generated by the stained glass panels created by the artist T. Grasis, which are illuminated during dark hours.
The history of the museum building and Old Riga is shown on the wall paintings.