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, who meticulously collected pharmacy items from around Arizona and elsewhere in the West. The museum opened in 1966 in the old Pharmacy/Microbiology building on Main Campus and was moved to the current College of Pharmacy Building at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in 1982.
Spanning all four floors of the Pharmacy building, the museum contains a collection of over 60,000 bottles, original drug containers, books, store fixtures, and artifacts from Arizona (circa 1880 to 1950), including several large drug store fixtures from Arizona's territorial days.
The History of Pharmacy Museum is located in the College of Pharmacy building on the Arizona Health Sciences campus (south of College of Medicine and University Medical Center, west of College of Nursing building, north of Roy P. Drachman Building), and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call 520-626-1427.
Richard M. Wiedhopf
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
and Curator of the History of Pharmacy Museum
College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy
1295 N. Martin Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85721
As curator of the History of Pharmacy Museum, Richard Wiedhopf has been involved in the UA College of Pharmacy for more than four decades. After graduating from the College with a bachelor of science in pharmacy in 1965, he completed a master of science in pharmacognosy and worked as a research associate until 1977. He was named assistant dean for business for finance and administration in 1977 and continues at that post today. A passionate collector of pharmacy memorabilia and a devoted student of pharmacy history, Mr. Wiedhopf has been closely involved with the development of the Museum. In his early days as a student, he worked alongside Jesse Hurlbut, founder of the Museum. Mr. Wiedhopf coordinated the design and construction of the College of Pharmacy building, including Museum displays integrated into all four floors of the facility. He often conducts tours of the Museum and brings many of its more than 60,000 items to life with his unique and detailed stories. He can be reached at 520-626-4429 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.