The 19th Century French Pharmacy where time stood still

At the Triolet Pharmacy Museum in Matanzas everything looks as if time had stopped more than 100 years ago.

Founded in the late 19th century by a French couple, the establishment was turned into a museum in 1964.

Today, it exhibits many of the things that could be found in a regular pharmacy in colonial times: the same bottles and vases, an old cashier machine, the instruments that were used to prepare the medications, log books, mortars, handwritten recipes, the bicycle used for deliveries, and the lamp that announced that the place was open late at night.

As the best preserved of its kind in Cuba – probably one of the best in the Americas – the museum has been declared National Monument. It is a must-see for those who visit Matanzas.

 

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