Pharmacy Museum

Short facts

  • Hofgeismar

Pharmacy Museum with Offizin - a special museum about the history of pharmacy

The pharmacy museum is a special museum in northern Hesse on the history of pharmacy, the development of pharmacies in Hofgeismar and with insights into the activities of the profession in the past.

Even the location of the museum is special, because it is located in a former high-medieval stone chamber from around 1239, it is also called the "Stone House". It is probably the oldest preserved secular building in the region. In the past, the building was used both as a warehouse and as a residential building and is now a major attraction.
After renovation and renovation, the building was used for 30 years as a private pharmacy museum, which is unique in Germany. From the basement to the roof, it covers an area of around 400 square meters on five levels. The special thing about it: From 1989 to 2013, this museum was privately owned by the Hofgeismar pharmacist family Friedrich - Sander. After the sudden death of Harald Friedrich - Sander in 2007, the family could no longer run this museum. In 2013 the city of Hofgeismar took over the extensive museum facilities. Since the Hessentag in 2015, it has been open to interested parties again thanks to the support of the local Heimat- und Verkehrsverein.

Particularly worth seeing on a tour:
History of the Sander pharmacist family from Hofgeismar, equipment such as distillation systems and laboratory items, living room with fireplace and wooden central column and the groin vault in the basement. The "Pharmacy Workplace" is presented with original furnishings and reconstructed sales rooms. Particularly noteworthy is the pharmacy from 1801, which was in operation in the former local "Hirsch Pharmacy" until 1974. An insight into drug production including a sample, the 150-year-old drug collection, a unique specialist library for studies, interesting facts about the history of medicine and much more.

Note: In addition, visitors can enjoy the permanent exhibition "Herbarium and knowledge of herbs".

Tip: You should also visit the 250 square meter herb garden, in which over 150 medicinal and herbal plants grow. It is accessible from April to October during opening hours.

Stadtverwaltung Hofgeismar

Apothekenstraße 5

34369 Hofgeismar


Phone: +49 5671 / 999 222

Fax: +49 5671 / 999 200



General information

WeekdayTime of day
Wednesday, Sunday
14:00 bis 17:00
Wednesday and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Bad Weather Offer
  • Suitable for any weather
  • for Groups
  • for Class
  • for individual guests
  • Suitable for the Elderly
  • for Children of all Ages
Foreign Language
  • German
  • French
Payment Options
  • Entrance Free
Other Furnishing/Equipment
  • Toilet
Hygiene and infection control measures
  • Distance control
  • Heed the hygiene instructions
  • Provision of dispensers with disinfectants for hand disinfection
  • Mouth-nose covering compulsory

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Price info

Admission is free

Information on the prices of guided tours can be obtained by calling 05671-999222 in advance


Arrival by car: A 7 - exit Kassel Nord, B 83 towards Hofgeismar, exit Hofgeismar Nord, signs for Rathaus / Stadthalle / Museen.

A 44 - Exit Breuna, Landstrasse in the direction of Hofgeismar, signs for Rathaus / Stadthalle / Museen


Arrival by train: Regiotram from Kassel Hbf or Kassel - Wilhelmshöhe to Hofgeismar. City bus to the city center to the bus station, then about 5 minutes on foot.

More info

Note: The pharmacy museum is located at Apothekenstrasse 5!


Guided tours for groups can be booked at any time by prior arrangement.

Costs up to 20 people:

€ 2.00 per person - at least € 40.00, from the 21st to the 25th participant, then € 2.00 per person surcharge.

From 25 people:

Group allocation and price after consultation.

A TV tour can be organized for people with disabilities.


In the winter half-year, November to April, public and free guided tours are offered at 3 p.m. on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

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