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Ouray Alchemist Museum, Ouray

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A must-see when you visit Ouray! We have the largest historic pharmacy collection in the state of Colorado. Get a personal tour from the pharmacists who created it - Curt or Nancy Haggar. Get a feel for what pharmacy was like in the old mining days of Southwestern Colorado. You will feel like you stepped back in time.

Best to call ahead since we sometimes take a day off.
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  • Fascinating to visit this museum and to spend time with Curtis. He is a philosopher and a historian!  more »
  • I cannot wait to go back to Ouray to experience this tour, again, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have a deeper appreciation for alchemy. I specifically travelled to Ouray for this amazing educational...  more »
  • Looked really cool from the outside. They were not open during the hours posted so we didn't get to go in unfortunately.
  • Fascinating, one of the highlights of our trip. This is not your typical museum where you stroll about, surveying and admiring artifacts at your own pace. Instead, you will be part of a personal tour offered by the owner, Curt, and his narrative will take you on a journey through time as he explains the evolution of the treatment of ailments from medieval science to modern pharmacology. Every artifact in his massive collection has a fascinating story. Curt has immersed himself in this museum. His passion and knowledge will fascinate, inform and amuse, leaving you wondering how the human race survived from the middle ages through the 20th century. Allow a couple of hours to absorb everything this gem in Ouray has to offer. As Paul Harvey used to say, it’s the “rest of the story” - the stuff you didn’t learn in school. This tour is not conducive to small children. You will be part of an interactive tour where you will want to maintain focus, ask questions and avoid distractions.

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