Name of Monument:

Institut Pasteur


Tunis, Tunisia

Date of Monument:

19th century


l'Institut Pasteur de Tunis, created in 1893 by the nephew of Louis Pasteur, Adrien Loir, was the third Institut Pasteur in the world after Paris and Hanoi (now Ho-Chi-Minh City), and one of the 32 Institut Pasteur centres scattered around the world. The institute aims to provide a pioneering health service in the field of prevention, prophylaxis and cutting-edge research. Its prestige can also be attributed to the doctor Charles Nicolle, who was the director between 1903 and 1936 and discovered the typhus virus during his time there. l'Institut Pasteur played a decisive role in the fight against certain illnesses, such as rabies. It remains today an important national and international reference centre for many illnesses.


Initially a rabies vaccine centre, this building then became a general vaccination centre and finally an analysis laboratory. It is located at the crossroads named Place Pasteur, not far from the old European quarter, and eventually expanded from three, to nine, to eighteen laboratories. One of its biggest missions was concerned with diagnosis and public health, another with the production of vaccines and serums, and a third concentrated on research, development and innovation. The research clinic matched patients to clinical trials and worked in coordination with the various different laboratories and research teams.

Citation of this web page:

Saloua Khadhar Zangar "Institut Pasteur" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2024. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=monuments;AWE;tn;39;en

Prepared by: Saloua Khadhar Zangar
Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: TN 039

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