One of the strangest concepts for a museum on paper but with phenomenal execution in real life, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum traces the rich history of healthcare (in the broadest sense) in Louisiana from the 1800s to present. Located in a rambling historic building, walls upon walls of potions, elixirs and historic tonics tell the story of how far medicine has come over the last few centuries. The space also frequently hosts weddings, parties and even plays, including a recent production about the terrifying history of anesthesia and its (painful) origins.
Know Before You Go: Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 1 p.m., in case you’re looking for a more in-depth explanation of the museum’s exhibits on things like bloodletting and gris gris.
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