Apothicairerie de l'Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte

Museum ,  History ,  Health at Troyes

  • In the Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte, the pharmacy or Apothicairerie dates from the reconstruction of the hospital at the start of the 18th century. It has been preserved in its original state, with its Louis XIV oak panelling, shelves of pharmaceutical crockery, medicinal containers, glass recipients and various instruments.

    This Apothicairerie is considered one of the most beautiful in France. Its numerous shelves are full of rare pill boxes and albarelli (apothecary jars) from the 16th century, pharmaceutical jars and syrup pots made of Nevers earthenware, which were used to store unguents, pills and other remedies.

    Its great originality is found in an exceptional collectionof painted wooden medicine boxes, listed as a historical monument in 1958. Each box is decorated with an illustration of the product it contained, of plant, mineral or animal origin, framed with a decorative cartouche. These illustrations were taken from a book going back to the 17th century and they give an idea of the history of pharmacy and medicine at the watershed era between the practices of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to those of the Age of Enlightenment.

    The museum also houses an important collection of bronze mortars and many objects in pewter, including a large fontaine à thériaque, used to contain a preparation that for
    a long time was considered a universal panacea.
    A collection of old earthenware, donated by Jean-Marie Denis, is displayed in the former laboratory. The collection brings together pieces from the most important countries of the day, i.e., Italy, Spain and Holland, as well as religious objects (busts and reliquaries).
  • Environment
    • In the town centre
  • Spoken languages
    • English
  • Medias
  • Accepted customers
    • Individuals
    • Groups
  • Activities
    • Activities
  • Accessibility
    • Mobility impaired
      • Accès pour les personnes à mobilité réduite, musée de plain pied.
Payments methods
  • Bank card
  • Carte Bleue/Credit card
  • Cheques and giro cheques
  • Cash
  • Transfers
  • Visa
  • Rates
  • Adult
    3 €
  • Free

    • Free for people under 18 and students under 25 (with supporting evidence). Free the first Sunday of the month (except during the temporary exhibitions). Free for everybody from November 1st to March 31st.

  • Group
    1,50 €