The Apothecary

350 years of history

The Baugé apothecary, considered one of the oldest and best preserved apothecaries in France, is an impressive gem of 17th century pharmacopoeia.

Set up and stocked with supplies around 1675, this dispensary was still in operation in the 1940s. It was first listed as a Historic Monument in 1916 and then classified as such in 1947.

A unique collection

A true showcase for the pharmacopoeia of that era, the Baugé pharmacy was furnished and equipped between 1675 and 1700.

It is now home to a unique collection of over 600 different recipients, in wood, glass or earthenware.

The apothecaries in that era had specific jars depending on the consistency of the remedies that needed to be stored, for example: albarellos, pillboxes, chevrettes (jars with spouts), pots-canon (cylindrical canisters), earthenware bottles, glass bottles, and silenes (a type of small box).

Among the recipients, sets of Lyon earthenware date back to the 16th century.

The castle and the Hôtel-Dieu are open from April 6th to November 3rd 2024