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Museum of Pharmacy Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum

Museum of Pharmacy Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum

25 Floriańska St.

Opening hours
Tuesday: 12.00 a.m.–6.30 p.m.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m.–2.30 p.m.
Monday: closed
The Museum of Pharmacy of the Jagiellonian University is one of the few museums of this type in the world. The museum is a scientific and didactic unit of the Department of Pharmacy of the Jagiellonian University. It is located in a historic burgher’s tenement (14th–15th c.) in the Royal Road, at 25 Floriańska Street.

The permanent exhibition occupies five levels of the building – from the 15th century cellars up to the attic. The exhibits collected there illustrate the history of pharmacy from the Middle Ages up to contemporary times. One can find there pharmaceutical vessels, including an impressive collection of majolica from many European manufacturers, mortars in various sizes and shapes, laboratory equipment and pharmacy utensils, medicinal raw materials, mementoes of eminent pharmacists, a stamp collection depicting the history of pharmacy, as well curiosities connected with ancient medicine. What is more, the museum contains a restored interior of an 18th century pharmacy, as well as other rooms, such as an antique pharmaceutical laboratory, a cellar with barrels and bottles for medicinal wines and an attic, used for drying and storing medicinal herbs. The museum also possesses a library, storing, among other things, antique herbaria, pharmacopoeias, antidotaria and other printed material related to the history of pharmacy, as well as the memorabilia of pharmacists.

Part of the permanent exhibition of the Krakow Museum of Pharmacy is devoted to Tadeusz Pankiewicz (1908-1993), who during the German occupation of Poland was running an “Aryan” pharmacy in the area of the Jewish Ghetto in Krakow, the only one in Poland. In March 1941, the pharmacy “Under the Eagle” run by Pankiewicz was included in the Ghetto area. Tadeusz Pankiewicz and the Polish staff working in the pharmacy supplied the Jews trapped in the Ghetto with medicines, food, counterfeit documents, money and correspondence. The pharmacy was a site of underground activity, and in many cases also a shelter and the only hope for salvation. The mementoes of Tadeusz Pankiewicz include a copy of the diploma “Righteous Among the Nations”, granted to him in 1983 by the Israeli Yad Vashem Institute, the eagle emblem from the pharmacy “Under the Eagle”, as well as Polish and foreign language editions of his book entitled “Pharmacy in the Krakow Ghetto”.
  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013