Home to one of the world’s leading collections of pharmacy artifacts, the Museum offers a unique glimpse into the past. From the Upjohn Disneyland collection to a full-scale replica of an old-time drugstore, we help keep pharmacy history alive.

The History of Pharmacy Museum is a hidden gem in Tucson and the University of Arizona.

History of Pharmacy Museum

The History of Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy grew out of the work of Jesse Hurlbut, a former Tucson pharmacist and state pharmacy board inspector and collector of pharmacy items from around Arizona and the West. The museum opened in 1966 in the old Pharmacy/Microbiology building on the University's Main Campus and was moved to the College of Pharmacy in the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center in 1982. In 2012, the museum expanded to include Roy P. Drachman Hall, and it continues to grow and develop, with exhibits regularly being added and updated. Visit us at the museum to view a collection of hundreds of thousands of items, including bottles, original drug containers, books, store fixtures, and artifacts from Arizona (circa 1880 to 1950) and elsewhere.

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Celery has been used as medicine for thousands of years in the Eastern world. During ancient times, doctors in India used celery seed to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, different types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen.

Historically, guarana has been used for bowel ailments. In the early 1900s, doctors began to use it for weak pulse, pale complexion, and migraine and menstrual-related headaches. Current use of guarana is primarily for nervous headaches, mental fatigue, and heat exhaustion.