Pharmacy museum


The history of The Pharmacy Museum began in the year 1938. By merging the private collection of Latvian pharmacist Dāvis Blūmentāls (1871 – 1937) and the personal collection of Professor Jānis Maizīte (1883 – 1950), as well as the archive of Rīga and Kurzeme pharmacist societies, the museum was established on the premises of the LU Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Rīga, Baznīcas iela 5).

After the death of Professor Jānis Maizīte, his collection was united with the collection of Pauls Stradiņš, and on this foundation, in 1957, the official establishment of the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine took place. As the collection of pharmacy history exceeded 50,000 units, in 1985 a decision was taken to establish an independent Pharmacy (Drugstore) Museum at the address Riharda Vāgnera iela 13. It was established on November 14, 1986 as an affiliate of the Pauls Stradiņš Museum, but for visitors it has open since March 21, 1988.

The building itself is dated as a residential house, which is an architecture monument of the 18th century. In the 19th century, carriage master Goblens lived here, but during Soviet times there were communal flats.

The building is notable with its rococo portal and door kit characteristic for the “Carriage master house”.

Important events in the museum

  • 2005 – exposition “Pharmacy-laboratory in the 18th to 19th century” and “Folk treatment traditions” has been created and opened
  • 2006 – the museum took part in the international activity “Museum Night” for the first time
  • August 26, 2006 – guests of the 13th Congress of the European Medicine History Museum Association – leading professionals in the field of medicine history from more than 20 countries – visited our museum
  • September 1, 2006 – the establishment of a new tradition – celebration of the Day of Knowledge for pupils and students
  • 2007 – memorial plaque to the first pharmacy in the Baltic states - Large pharmacy on the town square – has been unveiled in cooperation with JSC OlainFarm and the Riga City Council
  • April 18 and 19, 2008 – the 20th anniversary of the museum is celebrated with a conference of Baltic states pharmacists
  • August, 2008 – the museum took part in the “White Night” project “Life and death in ancient Riga” for the first time
  • May 29, 2009 – opening of exposition “The Assistants` room”
  • November 14, 2009 – the museum took part in the light festival “Staro Rīga” for the first time, with “Museum lights” and a thematic performance “I turn the dark night into light with the power of ancient wisdom”.