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Pharmacy Museum, Krakow

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Set in a historic 15th-century townhouse, Pharmacy Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in Europe, features a collection of old laboratory equipment, rare pharmaceutical instruments, medical books, and documents. The building is worth visiting for its architectural features alone, including Gothic vaulted cellars, a Baroque ceiling covered with ornamental wallpaper, and Renaissance portals. See the full-scale reproductions of antique apothecary shops and an excellent display of traditional herbal medicines on the top floor. Audio and visual information provides testimonials about people's suffering during World War II. Learn about the Pharmacy Under the Eagle, which was kept by the “righteous gentile” Tadeusz Pankiewicz in the Jewish ghetto during the German occupation. Work out when and for how long to visit Pharmacy Museum and other Krakow attractions using our handy Krakow itinerary planner.
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  • The museum at first sight appears small, but it goes up and up on many floors. Wide range of exhibits from the earliest days of pharmacy, especially fascinating for those with a professional interest....  more »
  • Staff are friendly and helpful and the exhibits are interesting. How tour shouldn't really take you more than a couple hours.  more »
  • In a grand building on Floriańska it perfectly evokes the workings of an apothecary in olden times. It is achieved with an eclectic collection of great exhibits over a number of floors. Many container...  more »

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Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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