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 current College of Pharmacy buildings at the University of Arizona Health Sciences 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.
Spanning throughout the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center and the Pulido Center of Drachman Hall, the museum contains 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.
The museum is pleased to offer a self-guided tour, which begins in room 344 of the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center (brochures are available within). The tour takes 30-90 minutes, depending on your pace.
The History of Pharmacy Museum is located in the College of Pharmacy complex at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, which is south of the College of Medicine and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson and west of College of Nursing building (see map, at bottom of page). It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call 520-626-1427.
Don't miss The History of Pharmacy Museum Photo Tour
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Richard M. Wiedhopf
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 throughout the facility. He often conducts tours of the museum and brings 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.
Stephen Hall is a recent master's graduate of the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science. After completing his bachelor's of art history from the University of Arizona School of Art, he spent two years working for the History of Pharmacy Museum before taking on a full-time position as assistant curator. He is available to give tours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He can be reached at email@example.com.