In Kobylanskaya street in Chernovtsy there is a building of the municipal pharmacy #2. What makes it unique is a museum that is located inside with the displays of pharmacy equipment. Moreover, some of the prescription medicine is still made manually.
The museum was opened based on the municipal pharmacy in 2003. The solemn opening was held the exact day the Day of the City was celebrated. The interior of the pharmacy comes from 1903 and is filled with the antique pieces of furniture that used to belong to Shimanovich family, the original owners of the pharmacy. The historical data demonstrates that the building was always used for a pharmacy. The building was constructed in the neoclassical style.
The pharmacy was built using the funds provided by the Shimanovic family that used to be famous around the city of Chernovtsy. A major contribution to the recreation of the original interior was made by the pharmacy employees who not only designed the sketches, but also produced the interior details by themselves in a very short period of time. The reconstruction as funded by the Chernovtsy authorities.
Today the visitors of the pharmacy museum have a chance to observe over 90 rare pieces that were collected by people from every corner of the Chernovtsy region. The customers who come to buy medicine are always impressed by the exhibition.
The medicine manufacturing workshop is located on the second floor. Every day the chemists produce about 40 various mixtures, suspensions, ointments and powders. The production is based on the antique recipes. For instance, a popular order for the adults is the soothing mixtures “Quatera”, while the effective silver-based drops from common cold are a frequent order for families with kids. The employees of the pharmacy museum are so engaged in their own work that they can tell if the medicine is good by the look and taste of it.
The manual production of medicine is clearly non-profit as the choice of ready-made drugs is huge. However, the pharmacy museum has been working for more than a century and is a very popular tourist attraction of Chernovtsy.