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The Old Pharmacy
Jens Winthers Vej 12
Phone: +45 63 51 63 00
Attention: Old stairs and coblestone-paving is making acces limited for wheelchairs and the the walking-impaired.
Ground egyptian mummy, spices, dragon’s blood, bird seeds and naphthalene!
These are only a few of the remedies and goods that once could be bought at Rudkøbing’s pharmacy. Even today you can find remains in the old jars and glasses on display in The Old Pharmacy.
Behind the gates of Brogade 15 you will find one of the best preserved pharmacy museums in Denmark.
Rudkøbing Pharmacy’s history goes back to 1705, and although the beautiful building that occupies the spot today was built in 1856, the pharmacy has had the same location since the beginning. Fortunately, the old pharmacists have all taken very good care of the furniture and trade fixtures. That’s why today we are able to show you a quite rare exhibition of the interior of one pharmacy as it has changed through the years.
The exhibition is centered around two interiors; one from the middle of the 18th century, painted in black and blue; and one from the end of the 19th, with dark, lacquered surfaces.
The nearby building houses the fascinating steam laboratory from the beginning of the 20th century, complete with copper steam boilers and steam chest. The adjoining rooms contains rinsing baths, laboratory and ointment grinder. Here, remedies and medication were produced until quite late in the previous century.
The Pharmacy Garden and the old chestnut tree
The pharmacy garden is also worth a visit. In the past it was used both as a pleasant residential garden and as a source for herbs and seeds used in the laboratory. The garden contains a number of exotic trees and medicinal plants and, of course, the big, old chestnut tree – probably growing there in the same spot for more than three hundred years. If trees could talk …
A Biographical Anecdote
The pharmacy was in the late 18th century, when their father was pharmacist there, the childhood home of two distinguished Danes: Hans Christian (H.C.) Ørsted and Anders Sandøe Ørsted.
H.C. Ørsted grew up to become a physicist and chemist, world renowned for his discovery of the basic workings of electromagnetism and one of the foremost scientists of his day. In his later years he also became a mentor to and close friend of Hans Christian Andersen.
Anders Sandøe Ørsted, became an important legal scholar, and in the middle of the 19th century, Denmark’s prime minister.
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