Educational programmes

An exciting way to gain valuable knowledge and skills at the Museum. Our programmes are focused on the history of medicine and pharmaceutical science, as well as basic health literacy.


Masks in medicine

What secrets are kept by doctors’ and healers’ masks? Did they protect the patient, the doctor himself, or did they perform other unimaginable functions? How did doctors protect themselves by wearing masks at a time when microbes had not yet been discovered? Together with the children, we will seek answers to these and other questions in the online lesson “Masks in Medicine”, highlighting the role of science in the history of medicine and answering the question why the mask has become an integral part of our daily lives. Topics such as society, history, medicine, peculiarities of different cultures are discussed with the students. At the end of the lesson, a practical task is carried out – self-made masks will be created together.

The remote learning activity will be provided on the Zoom platform, so it is necessary to make sure that children have access to a camera and a microphone for quality participation in the interactive part of the activities. The offer is included in the cultural education programme Latvian School Bag.

This programme is best suited for: school-goers in grades 1 to 6. Download materials for this course

Lesson duration: 1h / Necessary materials for the practical task: gauze 100 x 50 cm, cotton wool and scissors / Payment method: prepayment / Lesson fee: 25 EUR / Maximum number of participants per session: 20 people / Language of activity: Latvian, Russian / Apply by writing to: nikola.rodionova@mvm.gov.lv

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Revealing the alchemist's secrets

How long has it been since you visited a museum with friends, family or colleagues and saw something unique up close to investigate it more closely and joke about it together? The Museum of Pharmacy offers larger and smaller groups a trip to the past in an informal atmosphere, during which it will be possible to learn the nuances of the history of pharmacy, from experimental collecting of plants to a modern pharmacist’s assistant’s room. During the remote event, guests will be able to assess how strong was alchemists’ sense of humor and whether they were really doing magic, as well as to discover a number of secrets, such as what is an alchemist’s biggest professional failure. The event will take place on the Zoom platform and guests will be kept engaged by conversations on the site https://pollev.com/thegift077, which we recommend to open on the phone before the lesson. The site does not require registration. You will just need a good mood, internet connection, a charged phone and a computer for an exciting and exploratory get-together.

This programme is best suited for: adults

Lesson duration: 1h / Payment method: prepayment / Lesson fee: 50 EUR / Maximum number of participants per session: 25 people / Language of activity: Latvian, English / Apply by writing to: elvigs.kabucis@mvm.gov.lv


The crazy professor's first steps at the Pharmacy Museum

The Pharmacy Museum offers an exciting way for students to develop an interest in the origins of chemistry, pharmacy and alchemy. During this remote lesson, students are introduced to close-ups of the museum’s exposition, such as a pharmaceutical container with the Latin inscription “Dragon’s Blood” or a bear’s claw. Pupils will also learn how good a sense of humor pharmacists have historically had. The attractive narration of the lesson’s host is complemented by questions that will help maintain the vigilance of the activity’s participants, promote creative thinking and to gain new knowledge in history, chemistry and folk healing. The remote learning activity will be provided on the Zoom platform, so it is necessary to make sure that students have access to a camera and a microphone for quality participation in the interactive parts, as well as a mobile phone with internet access (it is recommended to open the website https://pollev.com/thegift077 before the lesson’s beginning).

This programme is best suited for: school-goers in grades 7 to 12.

Lesson duration: 1h / Payment method: prepayment / Lesson fee: 25 EUR / Maximum number of participants per session: 25 people / Language of activity: Latvian, English / Apply by writing to: elvigs.kabucis@mvm.gov.lv

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