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Tucson, Arizona

History of Pharmacy Museum

An Arizona museum with a collection of pharmaceutical oddities, including a jar of a gangster's chewed gum. 

Jesse Hurlburt, a former Tucson pharmacist, meticulously collected the many thousands of items in this large museum which was opened in 1966. With four floors of pharmaceutical items, the museum has over 60,000 bottles, numerous drug containers, books and all sorts of other pharmaceutical objects.

The museum is full of the old wood counters, and shiny brass machinery that is used to fill a pharmacy. One of the odder items in the collection is a jar filled with John Dillinger’s old chewing gum, collected from under the counter of the Tuscon pharmacy he frequented.

Know Before You Go

The museum is located in the College of Pharmacology in Drachman Hall on the North Campus of the University of Arizona. It is behind the Nursing College.