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Golden Eagle Alchemy Museum

Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum

Visit the fascinating Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum in the Buda Castle District to see a medieval Alchemy Lab and medicinal tools and items from the Middle Ages.

The Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum in Buda Castle is a tiny, but endearing museum, not only for medicinal people, but also recommended for those, who like alchemy, the Middle Ages and pre-modern medicine as well as mystery and dark science.

Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum Buda Castle Budapest Aranysas Patika
Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum

The museum is known in Hungarian as the Aranysas Patika Muzeum: a collection of unusual items, bowls, herbs, books of the history of medicine dating back to the 1600’s.
The displays include a wide range of serious and surprising items, from Hungarian chemists’ history relics, to dried bats or tiny crocodiles in jars, herbs used for curing. The museum also represents the development of the science of medicine and pharmacy in the Middle Ages.

The Alchemy Lab is set up with original furnishings, a replica of a fireplace and a cooking area, which looks exactly like a place where an alchemist would have worked in the 17th century.

Opening Hours

Tue – Sun: 10.30 am – 6 pm
(From 15 March -31 Oct)

Tue – Sun 10.30 am – 4 pm
(From 1 Nov – 14 March):

Recommended from 8+

Free admission on national holidays:
15th March, 20th Aug, 23rd Oct

Tickets

Adults: 700 HUF
Visitors aged 6-26: 350 HUF
Visitors aged 62-70: 350 HUF
Address: 1-3 Aprod Str Budapest 1013

Photo Gallery of Museum

History of Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum

Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum Buda Castle Budapest Entrance
Golden Eagle Pharmacy Entrance

The building of the Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum was used as a merchant’s house in the 15th century. Then, an alchemist moved in to the house in the 1730s – 1750s, naming the place Golden Eagle and establishing the first professional pharmacy in Buda. The bottom floor of the building was always used for trading purposes.
The building survived the turmoils of the Buda Castle battles, the 16th century Turkish siege, the 17th century Austrian conquest, the Nazi then Soviet battles in WW2. Although, the idea for establishing a museum of this kind already emerged in 1905, the actual realization only took place in 1973 when the Museum was opened as one of the departments of a the national medical university, Semmelweis University.

As for the architecture of the museum, the facade of the building is Neo-Classical while the interior was built in Baroque Style. Different phases of the history of architecture are clearly visible here, such as a blind box from the Renaissance age, or light boxes from the age of Turks.  The interior, the ceramics, wood, the scales and other ornamented tools are worthy pieces of both the Hungarian and the universal artistic heritage.

Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum Alchemy Buda Castle
Golden Eagle Alchemy Museum

Admission – Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum

Tickets
Adults: 500 HUF
Visitors aged 6-26: 250 HUF
Visitors aged 62-70: 250 HUF
Adults: 500 HUF
Visitors aged 6-26: 250 HUF
Visitors aged 62-70: 250 HUF
Discount
20% Budapest Card
20% Hungary Card
Admission is free for:
Children under 6
Visitors with Disabilities + 1 escort
Visitors aged 70+
Those entitled through international agreements (ICOM, ICOMOS,
ICCROM Card)
All visitors on National holidays:
15th March, 20th August, 23rd October

The exhibition is in Hungarian, with descriptions translated into English on info cards

Getting there

The museum is located is withing walking distance to the Buda Castle, the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, just north of Disz Square in the Castle District
Bus: 16A from Szell Kalman Square (M2) or 16 from Deak ter (M1, M2, M3)
Funicular: From Clark Adam Square to Castle Hill
On Foot: 5 min walk from Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion in the Buda Castle District.

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