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Apothecary of the Hôtel-Dieu

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony, Apothecary, 18th C in Bourg-en-Bresse
  • The apothecary of Bourg-en-Bresse is composed of three rooms: a laboratory which has remained intact, a back room and a dispensary, with magnificent Louis XV woodwork housing an impressive collection of earthenware and bottles.

  • It was the pharmacy of the old hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, from the end of its construction (1782-1790) until 1963. Its laboratory is a remarkable room, as it is nowadays very rare to be able to visit one. It allows you to immerse yourself in the chemistry of the past centuries: copper stills, mortars, cast iron furnace (19th century), press, all kinds of pewter...
    The back room reveals the first earthenware pots, canon pots or chevrettes, as well as a library containing old books, including...
    It was the pharmacy of the old hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, from the end of its construction (1782-1790) until 1963. Its laboratory is a remarkable room, as it is nowadays very rare to be able to visit one. It allows you to immerse yourself in the chemistry of the past centuries: copper stills, mortars, cast iron furnace (19th century), press, all kinds of pewter...
    The back room reveals the first earthenware pots, canon pots or chevrettes, as well as a library containing old books, including one from the 17th century.
    The oak woodwork of the dispensary gives the room a cozy character. Some parts are carved to receive exactly the corresponding ceramics, the famous "watch pots", three of which are inscribed with the famous Theriac. A journey into the pharmacopoeia of past centuries through more than a thousand containers! Distillates, powders, ointments, pills, syrups, oils, dried plants...

    Access to the Hôtel-Dieu parking lot is strictly reserved for staff and visitors (gates with code).

    Visitors to the apothecary who come by car must park outside the Hôtel-Dieu (small parking lot next door (paying), paying parking along the Boulevard de Brou near the Hôtel-Dieu but free parking from the restaurant ""la Rôtisserie de le mer"".
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • French
  • Groups (Max capacity)
    • 30  Maximum number of people
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Equipment
    • Private parking
    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Toilets
  • Services
    • Guided individual tours
    • Guided group tours
    • Guided tours
Rates
Payment methods
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Rates
    Individuals :
    - Adult : 7 € for the thematic visits
    - Children (6-12 years old) : 3 € for children

    Children and family visits " Fifrelin apothecary " in French :
    - 1 adult + 1 child: 9 €
    - + 1 child : 4 €

    Groups :
    - Adults (from 20 persons) : 6 €
    - Children rates on request

    Tickets on sale at the Bourg-en-Bresse Destinations Tourist Office (via Internet and at the ticket office, no reservation by phone).
Openings
Openings
  • All year 2024
    * at 2:30 pm sharp (reservation required) Duration of the visit : 1h15 Additional visit on Tuesday at 10:30 am in July and August.
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