Revali Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy)

  Raekoja plats 11 ,   Old Town          +372 58 87 57 01,     23 May 2024
The oldest pharmacy in Europe that has continuously been in business in the same building is Revali Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy) on Town Hall Square. It is also the oldest working commercial establishment and medical facility in Estonia. No one knows exactly when it opened, but records show that the Raeapteek was already on its third owner in 1422 and recently celebrated its 600th anniversary!
In medieval times patients could buy mummy juice, earthworm oil and burnt bees for treatment, and healthy folks could even drop in for a glass of spiced wine. In fact the pharmacy also filled a role of a modern day café as a meeting place of aldermen and other important people where they can have a cup of tea or glass of claret and discuss the daily news. The Raeapteek still sells claret, the famous pharmacy wine created at the Raeapteek apothecary shop in 1467 and marzipan which was once listed as medicine for relieving love sickness and restoring memory. Keeping up with the times, you can also buy your usual aspirin and condoms, but part of the shop is also a museum, displaying old medical instruments and other curiosities. Check the website for the information on guided tours and workshops.
Activities in Raeapteek museum are supported by the city of Tallinn.



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Open 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun.

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Free admission (fees apply for group visits, guided tours and workshops). More information on website.


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