Tucson Museum Keeps Pharmacy History Alive
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to visit a pharmacy 100 years ago, you’re in luck: The History of Pharmacy Museum in Tucson has a replica of an old-time drugstore.
Located in the College of Pharmacology on the North Campus of the University of Arizona, The History of Pharmacy Museum houses more than 50 years of pharmaceutical history, mostly from 1880 to 1950. Jesse Hurlburt, a former Tucson pharmacist, spent years collecting the items displayed in the museum. You’ll find tens of thousands of bottles, drub containers, books and old-time machinery.
One artifact that can’t be missed is a jar of renowned gangster John Dillinger’s chewing gum, collected from a Tucson pharmacy he regularly visited.
Visitors are encouraged to take the self-guided tour, which takes 60-90 minutes.