Albert Couvreur Pharmaceutical Museum (UCLouvain)

© Albert Couvreur Museum

Towering over the UCLouvain university campus in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Tour Van Helmont houses a museum of pharmacy and medicine built up from the collection that pharmacist Albert Couvreur (1887-1955) bequeathed to the university. The museum is fitted out with furniture from Couvreur’s own dispensary. The pharmaceutical counter and shelving, made from dark oak and dating from the mid-18th century, showcase the collection of pharmaceutical containers and earthenware. Their varied origins, ranging from Sicily to Delft, reflect the distinct designs developed in each region. The collection also includes various utensils and devices used for the preparation and administration of medicinal products. In addition, pharmacopoeias and medical encyclopaedias, including a 1644 edition of Rembert Dodoens’s Cruydt-Boeck (book of herbs), feature in a library of more than 750 publications dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. This will be an opportunity for visitors and members of the academic community alike to learn more about this museum, which forms, as it were, a world of its own within the university.

Guided tours: Sat. at 11:00, 13:30 and 16:30 and Sun. at 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30 (in French); Sat. at 15:30 (in French and Dutch). In cooperation with Arte-Fac and the Albert Couvreur Pharmaceutical Museum.

Practical information

Sat., 11:00 to 17:00 and Sun., 13:00 to 18:00

Tour Van Helmont, Avenue Emmanuel Mounier/Emmanuel Mounierlaan 73, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe

By reservation only

1 Alma
42 Dunette
79 Auditoires-UCL