The Pharmacy Museum in Cluj-Napoca is a unique venue in Romania, as important pharmaceutical collections are housed inside the building of the city’s first pharmacy. A place with a special charm and a history of its own, the museum attracts many visitors who want to see this place with a longstanding tradition.
The edifice housing the museum, Hintz House, is a historical building dating from the 16th century. In 1573, the first public pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca opened here. Two centuries later, it turned into a private pharmacy and benefited from an important architectural change. Baroque elements were added, the mural paintings in the Officina hall were realized and the main façade was remodeled. The murals, still visible nowadays, represent a unique painting, presenting symbols such as the tree of life framed by the snakes of Aesculap, the crane holding a stone in its claws and the horns of abundance. Starting with 1863, the pharmacy was property of Hintz family until 1949, when the building was transformed by the Communist regime into a pastry shop.
In 1954, the space became the current museum of pharmacy, which now exhibits a collection of Transylvanian pharmaceutical objects originally displayed in the Transylvanian Museum, subsequently enlarged through donations. Visiting the museum today, you will have the chance to admire over 3.000 items, such as glass and porcelain containers and jars, scales and weighs, laboratory equipments and instruments, old furniture, drugs, prescriptions and pharmacy seals.
Monday – Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 – 16:00
Thursday: 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday – Sunday: closed
Adults: 5.2 lei
Students: 3.09 lei
Either you come here in a group or alone, the museum’s guide will be more than happy to help you explore the secrets of medieval pharmacy.
How to get there:
The museum is situated in the Union Square, very close to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Michael.
Union Square, no 28
Telefon: +40 264 597 567