The French Quarter is full of people on the hunt for a hangover cure. And those who stumble upon the wonderfully offbeat New Orleans Pharmacy Museum (514 Chartres St., www.pharmacymuseum.org
) will — ?after viewing the museum’s wares — thank their lucky stars that remedies have improved over the years. The museum of medical artifacts, housed in an old 1823 apothecary shop that was once owned by the first licensed pharmacist in America, features
potions, pills, contraptions and “cures” dating to the early 19th century. Visitors can wander among the densely packed rosewood cabinets stocked with dusty bottles of voodoo elixirs and Civil War–era surgical instruments as well as marvel at the period soda fountain pharmacists used to help the medicine go down. A visit to the exquisite outdoor courtyard, which features a medicinal herb garden, gives the squeamish a moment to get over the bloodletting leeches jar on display inside.