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The Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum

**Please Note: Due to budget cuts, tours of the museum are now available by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment, please call 916.779.1410 x326**

The Don and June Pharmacy Museum contains hundreds of Pharmacy artifacts from more than two centuries of pharmacy practice by California Pharmacists. Inspired by California’s unique and rich history of Pharmacy, the museum celebrates the role of the pharmacist in the promotion of health and wellbeing of Californians since the state’s inception in 1850. A tour of the museum will take you through three distinct time periods in California’s history. The 1890’s room features a pressed tin ceiling, a collection of beautifully crafted glass bottles with glass labels and other period artifacts. The 1940’s pharmacy has an extensive collection of OTC products from that era and a number of prescription books, full of directions for old remedies and mixtures. The modern pharmacy is modeled after the Good Neighbor Pharmacy and was donated by AmerisourceBergen.

In our museum library there is an amazing collection of pharmacy journals spanning nearly 80 years of pharmacy in California and many other fascinating books from days gone by. An extensive collection of mortars and pestles made of wood, metal and ceramic from all over the world were donated by Sander Gelfand. Visitors can also purchase museum merchandise such as shirts, hats, logo wine glasses and a book on California Pharmacy History.

For more information about the history of pharmacy in California, or to schedule a tour of the museum, please call (916) 779-1410 x326.

Did you know…

  • Upon entering a western frontier town, visitors would look to the show-globe in the drug store window to see which color liquid it contained. Red indicated the town was besieged by an epidemic.
  • As late as 1924, prescriptions were written for heroin and cocaine.
  • During Prohibition, alcohol and wine were available only by prescription at a pharmacy.
  • Before 1940, antibiotics were not yet developed. Penicillin was used to treat disease and infections during World War II.
  • Much of early medicine was herbal-based. The current shift toward herbal healing is a return to the "roots" of pharmacy.
  • Modern prescriptions may be filled by machine, but pharmacists can never be replaced. Pharmacists are trusted for professional advice regarding daily health concerns

How Can I Get Involved?

Expand and enrich your knowledge of California pharmacy history by volunteering your time at the museum. Contact the Museum Coordinator for details at (916) 779-1410, ext. 326.

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A Special Thank You…

Good Neighbor Pharmacy

Shipman Industries

Santa Fe Graphics

deGennaro Associates

Jon McMaster

California Pharmacists Association

Donald F. Salvatori