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Genuine 18th century house and interior

One of few wooden houses that remain after the destructive fire in the beginning of the 19th... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
Turku, Finland
Turku’s oldest building

This lovely little museum (Pharmacy Museum and the adjourning Qwensel house) is usually only open... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
Lorna K
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The Qwensel House is the oldest bourgeois housing from the autarchic times in Turku. The house was built approximately in the year 1700 to an area that was reserved for the nobility. Check for opening times online.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Laentinen Rantakatu 13, Turku 20100, Finland
+358 2 2620280
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 March 2012

It's small so if you hate museums you know that you will be out quickly. You don't have to be interested in pharmacies..this place gives you a good idea how upper middle class people were living in the 18th century.

1  Thank Esa W
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

While staying in Turku for few days I wanted to see this interestingly sounding museum, but when I finally reached it it was closed. The information on the gate wasn't precise if it s open all year long or not. The poster in the showcase...More

1  Thank mrsMaus
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

One of few wooden houses that remain after the destructive fire in the beginning of the 19th century that destroyed nearly the whole town. The interior is particularly interesting as it is well furnished with 18th century furniture and shows how the richer tradesmen lived...More

Thank Paddais
Reviewed 3 January 2018

This lovely little museum (Pharmacy Museum and the adjourning Qwensel house) is usually only open in the summertime, but opened for Christmastide with a special exhibition of how the artisans spent Christmasses last. I highly recommend the Pharmacy Museum (and children’s Pharmacy in the back...More

Thank Lorna K
Reviewed 4 December 2017

This little museum is like a reconstruction of a 18th century pharmacy and the home of the pharmacist. It's nice and authentic, but quite small, there are not more than 10 tiny rooms. The staff is clothed authentically too, and they're telling about the items...More

Thank JoonaPaatalo
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Very well laid out and presented. Fascinating to see how a pharmacy would have looked both at front of house and behind the scenes. Beautiful selection of pharma equipment - worth the entry price if you are into historical buildings

1  Thank 10Patrick
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The museum itself is bigger and more fascinating than you expect. Centrally located you will most likely walk past anyway. If you are visiting during summer, the real magic is in the courtyard (accessible to all, not just museum goers); a small 1700-style café with...More

Thank lmsk2014
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We popped in here as it was just down the block from our hotel. It is a lovely little museum which covers the house as well as the apothecary. It's a nice distraction whether your interest is pharmacological history or social history. Some of the...More

Thank Playfairest
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This museum combines a 19th century Pharmacy with an 18th century home. It is bigger than it looks from the outside and there is much to see. A delightful way to spend an hour.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Right on the River Aura the Pharmacy museum is well worth a visit. It's full of intricate artificacts relating to the art of medicine making in a bygone era. What's not clear from the main entrance is that for the admission price you also access...More

Thank Lorna K
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We visited Qwensel house and garden to have a cup of coffee and were positively surprised. The atmosphere was peaceful and time seemed to have stopped there. The garden was like an oasis in the middle of the city. Cafeteria was also excellent and service...More

Thank Anssi P
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This place is on the north river walk, but rather hidden away. It is genuinely interesting, with some splendid rooms not only showing a pharmacist lived and worked in the 19th century, but also the herbs and spices employed medicinally. Reasonably cheap to go round,...More

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