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Apoteket - the Pharmacy

The Pharmacy (Apoteket Kronan) has a sign outside in the form of a royal crown to accord with the pharmacy’s name The Crown.

Opening hours

Today 25/6 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 26/6 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mon 27/6 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue 28/6 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 29/6 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The shop fittings are mostly from the palace pharmacy at Drottningholm outside Stockholm as well as from a pharmacy in Köping that was run by the noted chemist Carl Wil-helm Scheele.

Both of these pharmacies date from the latter half of the 18th century. In modern pharmacies, white-coated attendants sell principally pre-packed medicines. Things were different in the 18th century when a lot of manual work was involved as the pharmacist made up the medicines himself from a recipe.

Customers were served at a counter in the dispensary and the final preparation of the medicines took place at the decorative dispensing table in the middle of the room. The preparatory work involved in making drugs, tinctures, ointments, powders and pills was done in the laboratory and store room behind the dispensary.
The laboratory is full of presses, mortars, distilling apparatus and balances for weighing chemicals. For distilling smaller quantities of liquids, the retorts were placed in warm sand; at different depths for different temperatures.
Most pharmacies in Sweden take their names from animals, for example there are pharmacies called The Lion, The Elk, The Raven and The Swan. Some pharmacies have rather more heraldic names such as The North Star, The Unicorn or, as at Skansen, The Crown.

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