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Apothekeneinrichtung aus der ehem. Fürstbischöflichen Hofapotheke in Bamberg im Deutschen Apothekenmuseum; Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer
Exhibition in the Ottheinrich Building

German Apothecary Museum

Heidelberg

The German Apothecary Museum inside Heidelberg Palace offers fascinating insights into the history of pharmaceutics, from antiquity to the 21st century. Entrance to the museum is included in the Schlossticket.

Apothecary furnishings from the former Benedictine monastery in Rheinmünster-Schwarzach at the German Apothecary Museum. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Apothecary furnishings from Rheinmünster-Schwarzach.

Using the healing powers of nature

A fascinating walk through the exhibition in the basement of the Ottheinrich Building shows how the healing powers of nature were used in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. An assortment of curiosities are hidden among the approximately 1,000 remedies. In the 16th century, pulverized mummy was valued as a remedy for cough, sore throat, a broken heart, shivers and headache.

View of the Apothecary's Tower at Heidelberg Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Ursula Wetzel

The Apothecary's Tower.

The apothecary as a workspace

The fully preserved interiors of historic apothecaries from the 17th through 19th centuries are a special highlight. A walk through the exhibition takes visitors past painted cabinets of a former monastery apothecary, magnificent Baroque apothecaries, and elegant designs of the Biedermeier period. The collection of valuable apothecary containers of glass, faïence and colorfully painted majolica is especially impressive. The domed Apothecary's Tower also offers the excitement of a lab and all its equipment.

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The German Apothecary Museum offers several special tours and hands-on activities for the whole family, such as mixing ointments or making soap. Making science fun!

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