The Ouray Alchemist Pharmacy Museum is a must-see when in Ouray! Take a guided tour back in time to experience pharmacy in the Wild West. Over 50 years of collecting has helped shape this outstanding re-creation of a frontier pharmacy, including the oldest prescription in Colorado. We have over 700 hand-blown pharmacy bottles many with the original drugs inside. Tours are private and need to be booked ahead. Curtis did all the collecting himself and put together a masterpiece pharmacy museum.
Normal tour time is at 10 am on most days. A second tour might be given at 1 pm. IT IS BEST TO CALL AHEAD SO YOU DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS UNIQUE TOUR! Allow up to two hours for the full tour, and please book your tour ahead of time. Our hours vary.
This extensive collection reveals a time capsule of even earlier days with artifacts dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries - even to as early as 350 BC!
Curtis and Nancy Haggar built this building in 2010 designed to house their unique and extensive pharmacy, alchemy and medical collection Much of the collection has been acquired from local sources including the historic mining towns of the San Juan Mountains.
Our gift store,
in front of the museum where you first enter, features fine art, antiques, bottles, cards featuring unique local photographs, t-shirts, jewelry and other interesting collectibles.
See our fascinating collection of patent medicine sold by snake oil salesmen, original historic artwork and photographs. There is a story behind every piece, so you can always ask questions about the individual pieces when you take the tour from Curtis, the collector, curator, pharmacist and owner.
The full tour is not recommended for children under 12, however shorter tours may be arranged for a family group interested in history. No young, rambunctious children will be allowed due to the possibility of breakage.
Tour rate is currently $12 per person.
Interest in history is a recommended prerequisite for taking the tour.
Tours are limited so please book ahead so you do not miss out.
We also have nonprescription items you may need plus the helpful advice from one of two friendly retired pharmacists.
Our address is Ouray Alchemist 533 Main Street Ouray CO 81427 Mailing address is PO Box 649 Ouray CO 81427. We are on the east side of the street just north of the Beaumont Hotel. Look for our Ouray Alchemist sign with the green snake.
This show globe hung in the window of a pharmacy across the street from where the Alchemist is now..
See the 1888 Aspen Drugstore pharmacy fixtures that we meticulously had restored. This is the entrance to the main collection room, however the museum is expanding forward.
See how advertising was done in earlier days.
Learn how alchemy mixed into the overall equation.
Many substances that are illegal now were readily available in earlier times.
See products available from yesteryear.
Gargoyles, a copper dome and the finial atop the building add to the charm and artistic design of our custom building. The building was completed in 2011 but is always a work in progress.
We have limited hours, so don't miss out! We are open most days but it depends on the tour schedule. We reserve the right to be open longer or closed on any given day. Please call ahead if you want a tour to set it up. Normal tour time is at 10 am but it is not guaranteed unless you book ahead.
533 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado 81427, United States
Curtis met Nancy when the Aspen Drug fixtures were for sale back in 2002. She was the pharmacist standing behind the counter that Curt bought for the museum. All fixtures were for sale. Nancy likes to joke that she got thrown in on the deal. Both Curtis and Nancy are retired pharmacists.
The Ouray Alchemist building has a penthouse suite available for short-term rentals on the third floor through owners - Nancy & Curt Haggar
Our listing is #330308 on vrbo.
You can also give us a call directly. 970-325-4003
We book up fast so please book ahead if you know your dates, especially for the summer and autumn colors in the fall.
Glimpse of living room area
It is clean, comfortable and cozy. Maximum of two adults. No children.
Two vanity areas in bathroom.
We get many repeat renters.
The views are 360' and breathtaking!
Great breakfast nook.
Enjoy a good night's rest.
View from the 400 square foot spacious back deck
View from deck looking the other direction at the big barrel bedroom windows.
Enjoy the magnificent views!