Museum's history

In 1938 the Turku Association of Pharmacists set up a preparatory committee for the establishment of the museum. The pharmacists began collecting old pharmacy tools, even though they didn’t yet have a place to display them in.

Interest in the Qwensel House grew in the 1940s. Then, in 1956 the city of Turku assigned three rooms from the main building of Qwensel to be used as a historical museum. The Pharmacy Museum opened to the public on 2 June 1958.

In 1978 the city granted the museum use of all the buildings in the Qwensel House.

The Pharmacy Museum and the Qwensel House today!

The museum consists of the 19th century pharmacy and the house exhibiting late 18th century living.

The courtyard has stood the test of time and looks much the same as it did 200 years ago. During the museum’s opening times you can pop into Café Qwensel, and in the summertime you will find a Children’s pharmacy in the courtyard.

The museum is currently going through remodelling in its public areas and some of its exhibition halls.

The museum is also participating in the Fortune quarter project. The project’s aim is to turn the quarter into a unique recreational spot, a tourist attraction and a shopping district.