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Town Hall Pharmacy

Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is the oldest in Europe that has continually operated in the same premises. It was first mentioned in town records in 1422, when an apothecary by the name of Nyclawes was summoned to a session of the town's rulers; however, he was at least the third apothecary to have served Tallinn...

In addition to selling modern pharmaceuticals, the pharmacy also sells mementos of times past.

Perhaps you'd like a bottle of claret...?

Make sure you explore the back room, where you will find an exhibition on medicines and the pharmacy's stocks from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
The most famous of herbs and their history are displayed in the museum.
In the basement, you can test various herbal tea blends, picked from local fields.
Younger apothecaries can try being apprentices and fulfil the same tasks as in the olden days.

Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is the oldest in Europe that has continually operated in the same premises. It was first mentioned in town records in 1422, when an apothecary by the name of Nyclawes was summoned to a sessi

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  • Exciting!

    A very interesting excursion into the past! Unique appliances, and some horror-show like burnt hedgehogs, mummy parts, dried crocodile... Real fun and educative still. Free of charge.

  • Fascinating

    I really enjoyed this little 'museum' a fascinating browse around the lotions, potions, snake oil and god only knows what used to 'treat' people through the ages. Well worth a visit.

  • Museum and business

    This pharmacy was on our to do list, as it claims to be the oldest European still running pharmacy. Apparently, the Russian Tsars ordered medicines from it. We had problems finding it, but to help...


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