• Updated 15.11.2017 by Samodzielna Pracownia Historii Medycyny i Farmacji

    Museum of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy



    Museum is open for visitation:

    Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
    Saturdays, Sundays between 9:00 am and 5.00 pm


    Last admission at 4 PM

    Museum reserves the right to change the hours of guided tours for individuals. In order to book a visit, please call 85 748 54 67, 85 748 54 05


    Ticket prices

    regular rate - 10,00 pln

    reduced rate - 5,00 pln

    education ticket (all schools, workshop) - 6,00 pln/ 12,00 pln


    The Museum of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Medical University of Bialystok was officially established by the rector of the Medical University of Bialystok professor Jacek Niklinski in 2011. It is located at the main seat of the University – the Branicki Palace, one of the most interesting baroque residences of Central Europe which in the 18th century was dubbed the Polish Versailles. The museum cultivates the medical heritage of Bialystok initiated by the owners of the city in the 17th century. Inside the Palace today it is possible to learn about the workings of the Institute of Midwifery from the 18th century as well as of a German World War I field hospital. The main goal of the museum is the protection of the medical and pharmaceutical heritage developed at the border of the Polish Crown and The Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The objects collected date to the 18th and 19th century and represent various fields of medicine and pharmacology. The collection includes, for example, a Siemens& Halske x-ray machine from 1921, dentist’s chairs from the turn of the 19th century, furnishings of a gynecological clintic from the period between the two world wars, surgical tools from the beginning of the 20th century as well as anatomic and pathological preparations. It is also possible to learn about the 60-year-long history of the Medical University of Bialystok through the recollections of the school’s first students and lecturers. A visit to the museum is an interactive stroll into the past where we can enter the offices of a dentist, an eye doctor, a gynecologist, an x-ray room, a drug-making laboratory or the workroom of the anatomist of old. The exhibitions are arranged in a way which allows the visitor to discover the secrets of medicine and pharmacology using all senses. The facility also plays a role of a research and educational center related to the history of medicine and pharmacology for the students of the University. Additionally, educational workshops addressed to anyone who may be interested are organized at the Museum. The participants learn about the work of a doctor or a pharmacist and make their own souvenirs to remind them of their visit at the Museum. The museum has become a fixture in the cultural calendar of Bialystok and the Podlasie region. Every year the facility participates in such events as: the Long Night of Museums, European Heritage Days, The European Day of Academic Heritage, the Podlasie Science and Art Festival, Open Days at the MUB, Children’s Week, and the „Zubroffka” International Short Film Festival. Other events promoting the medical heritage of Podlasie region are also organized and include temporary exhibitions, book promotions, concerts or historical reconstructions. In 2013 and 2014 the Museum received an award for the Publication category in „the Most Interesting Museum Event of the Year in Podlasie” competition.




    Educational activities are designed for children and teenagers, are adapted to different age groups of visitors. Prepared topics cover different areas of medicine and pharmacy (history of treatment, dentistry, ophthalmology, surgery, gynecology, radiology, etc.). The course is includes the history of the Medical University in Bialystok and its headquater – Branicki Palace. The main idea of the conducted course is interactivity that is a direct contact of children and young people with exhibits. Our museum presents in an interesting way, pro-health education, regional education components, as well as it develops creativity of children and adolescents.


    Visit to the Museum of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy, the exhibition on the history of medicine and pharmacy ("Secrets of a old pharmacy", "Field hospital", "Ophthalmic room", "Dental clinic", "Gynecological room", X-Ray room), the activities of the Medical University. The visit ends with making a plaster cast of jaws.
    Duration - about 45 min., age group: 5 - 19 years old


    Price: education ticket (workshop) - 6, 00 pln / 12,00 pln




    Museum of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy of Medical University in Bialystok has received a commendation for its involvement in the organization of the 24th edition of the European Heritage Days in Poland. The ceremony was held on 21st November, 2016 in Wroclaw.

    Museum of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy of Medical University in Bialystok has been taking part in the European Heritage Days for five years. In 2011, we opened the EDD in our region. On this occasion, we organized the exhibition 'Milestones of Bialystok hospital.' The exhibition was opened by Vice Rector for Scientific Affairs, currently Rector of UMB professor Adam Krętowski. In 2016, the European Heritage Days were held under the motto 'Where the spirit meets space - temples, masterpieces, monuments' – the visitors of the meeting were discovering the palace ghosts of art and medicine during special walks.




    European Academic Heritage Day

    November 18, 2017


    “Colonizers and colonized”


    European universities host outstanding libraries, archives, museums, collections and monuments of historic, scientific and artistic interest. This heritage embodies the universities’ 900-year contribution to the advancement of science and knowledge and is a major component of European identity and culture.

    In order to raise awareness to the importance of university heritage, UNIVERSEUM, the European Academic Heritage Network, has established 18th November as European Academic Heritage Day.

    On this day, European universities celebrate their common cultural heritage through special activities, debates, conferences and access to their museums, collections and monuments.The theme for 2017 is “Colonizers and colonized”.

    Artefacts and documents in collections, if not entire collections and museums relate directly or indirectly to colonial enterprises. The accumulation, organization and study of artefacts, narratives, data and representations from the colonies were central to projects to exploit and dominate the colonies intellectually, politically and economically. In the colonized regions, the establishment of universities, museums and archives became part of the colonizing mission and the colonial state. As much as these collections and institutions meant to represent a colonial order, they developed a life of their own.



    On this day, the Museum of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Medical University of Bialystok prepared special historical walks with the beginnings of the University of Bialystok as a scientific colony in the post-war city.

    The walks start at 11.00, 14.00, 15.00 at the Museum of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy UMB (right wing of the Palace), Kilinski 1 Street.

    Admission is free.


    For more information please visit these websites: http://universeum.it/european_academic_heritage_day.html