Western Cuba Sights

Museo Farmaceútico Triolet

  • Calle Milanés (Ca. 83), esq. de Calle Santa Teresa (Ca. 290) Map It
  • Matanzas
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/26/2015

Fodor's Review

The city's main, not-to-be-missed sight is this perfectly preserved, 19th-century natural-medicine pharmacy. Established in 1882 by Ernesto Triolet and his son-in-law, Juan Fermín de Figueroa, this gorgeous emporium looks out onto the Parque de Libertad through large stained glass windows. The pharmacy closed its doors in 1964, and has been preserved exactly as it was on that day, down to the huge, ornate cash register; the log book with handwritten recipes for each prescription; the rolls of brown paper to wrap the glass bottles that were individually filled and labeled; and the ceiling-high, handsome wood-and-glass cases holding hundreds of decorative porcelain jars. Guided tours take you to the distillery behind the shop, where the pharmacists manufactured their world-famous trademark syrups and tonics. Medicine bottles, embossed with the pharmacy's name, were made in Philadelphia and shipped to Cuba. Don't miss the bronze crocodile used to compress and calibrate the corks that,

before the screw-top, sealed vials. The tour continues upstairs in the lavish living quarters of the owners—natural medicine was obviously a profitable business. An art gallery on the mezzanine floor showcases stained glass works—including small glass bird mobiles for sale—made by a studio that occupies the top floor.

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Sight Information

Address:

Calle Milanés (Ca. 83), esq. de Calle Santa Teresa (Ca. 290), Matanzas, Matanzas Province, 40100, Cuba

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Phone:

/4524–3179

Sight Details:

  • CUC$3
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–6, Sun. 8–noon

Published 08/26/2015

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