New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Tuesday - Saturday 10am – 4pm

Guided Tours
1pm Tuesday - Friday

Closed on Sunday & Monday

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum


514 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is housed in the 1823 Creole townhouse and apothecary of

Louis J. Dufilho, Jr., America’s first licensed pharmacist. Louis J. Dufilho, Jr.’s most significantcontribution to the history and integrity of the field of pharmacy took place in 1816. In 1804, the State of Louisiana, led by Governor Claiborne, passed a law that required a licensing

examination for pharmacists wishing to practice their profession. Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. was the

first to pass the licensing examination in 1816, therefore, making his pharmacy the first United States apothecary shop to be conducted on the basis of proven adequacy.

The building was Louis J. Dufilho Jr.’s apothecary and residence until his retirement in 1855. At

that time, Dufilho Jr. sold the building and business to Dr. James and Celestine Dupas. The

apothecary continued along with the medical practice of Dr. Dupas on the second floor until

1875. The building changed hands several times and was in a state of severe disrepair when

Mayor Robert Maestri purchased the building and donated it to the City of New Orleans. After

the building restoration and artifact collection and installation, the New Orleans Pharmacy

Museum officially opened to the public in 1950.

Visitors can peruse two floors of exhibits on 19th Century pharmacy, medicine and healthcare.

Featured exhibits demonstrate the impact medicine had on the culture and community of 19th

Century New Orleans. Visitors will learn about questionable medical practices, herbal medicine,

bloodletting, surgery, the history of epidemics and much more!