Apothecary's Trade House
Aqcuaint yourself with the operations and professions of the pharmacy in the old times in exhibits with functional workshops.
ACTIVITIES AND THINGS TO DO IN AN OLD PHARMACY
An old pharmacy traded with many other things than merely medicines. In our functional workshops you can learn about the operations and professions of an old pharmacy.
The Apothecary's Trade House is a workshop exhibition particularly for children and young people, that leads us to the times of G.A. Serlachius. Its touchable and testable exhibits provide interesting activities to adults as well.
The first mill owner in Mänttä, Gustaf Adolf Serlachius had a pharmacy in Tampere before he decided to establish a paper mill at Mäntänkoski in 1868. In addition to his pharmacist's career he was one the first in Finland to practise photographing.
The busy pharmacist traded in mushrooms, logs, timber and butter, in almost anything to be able to get his share of the profit. In his pharmacy he sold everything possible from smelling salts to hey seed and from cupper horns to chicks. His pharmacy reminded one of a trade house, in which there was something for every one. What you could not find, you could order.
In the Apothecary's Trade House the visitors are guidedly or independly able to participate by taking photographs, by working as a sales clerk or by identifying herbs. The working methods of and old times’ pharmacy are also shown on videos.
The Apothecary's Trade House suits excellently among others for pupils, who will get acquainted hands-on with trading in the old days and usage of herbs.
R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, Mänttä
Wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm. Mondays closed.
In summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10 am–6 pm, also at Midsummer.
Adults 10 €, under 18s free of charge.