Ouray Alchemist Museum, Ouray
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.Use our Ouray online trip builder to visit Ouray Alchemist Museum on your trip to Ouray, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Best to call ahead since we sometimes take a day off.
Ouray Alchemist Museum Reviews
This museum is so much more than a collection of artifacts; it is an immersive experience of the history of drug compounding and salesmanship. The architectural elements from the Victorian era on are ... more »
We stayed in the Beaumont Hotel near the Ouray Alchemist and were able to take a tour and spend some time browsing the shop. I can't say enough good things about our visit and recommend it to anyone i... more »
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.
My uncle had jokingly suggested visiting here while planning a trip in Colorado. When we found ourselves diving through the area, our curiosity beckoned us in. Curt gave us an amazing tour of his collection. We had great conversations with him between his interesting stories. If you have any interest in how today's world came to be, this stop is a fantastic choice.
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