The idea of creating a pharmacy museum emerged at the end of the last century, when the professors of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Legislation of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University Mª Teresa López Díaz, Esteban Moreno Toral and Consolación Martínez García, jointly to graduates Joaquín Espejos and Javier Ballesteros, began the work of collecting materials that were of interest for the project by requesting help from different institutions, among them the different Official Pharmacy Schools of the Andalusian community and private individuals, such us Avenzoar.
The loans and transfers of materials to the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology allowed to organize the exhibition “The Pharmacy and the art of curing” in 1999, which took place at Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Sevilla (Popular Arts and Customs Museum), whose curator was the professor of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology María Teresa López Díaz. In addition to those already mentioned, Francisco González Lara and Antonio Ramos Carrillo participated as collaborators.
Many years passed with the material stored in boxes. In 2012, it was decided to dedicate the stored space to lodge a Museum of History of the Pharmacy that served as a teaching center for students. The idea came from Professor Antonio Ramos Carrillo, with the acceptance of Esteban Moreno Toral and with the collaboration of Javier Ballesteros Morales, Consolación Martínez García and Rocío Ruiz Altaba.
Today, the Faculty works on developing an understandable museum open not only to students but also to general public. As a museum, it has a mission of researching, conservation and protection of its historical heritage.
The documentation will help to give life to each object. In the near future the museum would like to recreate a pharmacy of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.