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In the city of Kiev, on Pritissko-Nikolskaya Street, is one of the most fascinating museums in Ukraine. This museum is located in a building the first private pharmacy in Kiev, and is dedicated to the history and development of pharmacy in Ukraine.
History of the museum
The beginning of the museum was laid by the decree of Peter the Great of February 18, 1715, the essence of which was to create a pharmacy in Kiev. The pharmacy provided the Russian troops with medicines, and also provided assistance to the civilian population during various epidemics, including the plague. In addition, the pharmacy trained military doctors.
At that time, private pharmacies opened one after another in Europe. Peter I decided to keep up with European countries, so immediately after the pharmacy, everyone who had any health complaints could come there and get help. In 1728, the first private pharmacy was already run by the German Johann Gaiter. It was in this building, in 1896, that a museum was opened, which continues to exist to this day.
A few words about the exhibits of the Kiev Museum Pharmacy
It is impossible to remain indifferent when examining the exhibits of a pharmacy, because they completely immerse any visitor to the museum into the atmosphere of an ancient pharmacy craft. In particular, each visitor is given the opportunity to touch a piece of history by looking through the pages of a pharmacy book written in 1834. The tools that served to create a variety of drugs are striking in their diversity.
Also, in addition to all pharmaceutical tools, any visitor can personally see how people were treated in different historical periods. On the basement of the museum, installations of various household “paintings” of that time were made. So, you can see the monks of the monastery, who were engaged in the treatment of the patient with the help of herbs and prayer. Here you can see how the decoration of the village healers house looked like. Medicine of that time was reduced to treatment with herbs, less often, to simple operations like abortion or tooth extraction.
In conclusion, it can also be noted that a phyto-bar is specially working for all museum visitors, in which everyone can enjoy drinks made according to the old recipes of the famous pharmacist Bunge, which, as people say, strengthen the body and spirit, as well as promote longevity.