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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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+1 703-746-3852
10:00 - 17:00
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The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert...

The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792 and 1933. The shop was transformed into a museum shortly after its closing and visitors can still view the original ingredients, products, and documents left behind by this 141-year-old family business.

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So worth it!

Step back in time and enjoy the stories from the gravious doscent. We had a private tour and no waiting! Tour is less than 30 mins and since it was just the two of us we asked... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah, Georgia
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Step back in time and enjoy the stories from the gravious doscent. We had a private tour and no waiting! Tour is less than 30 mins and since it was just the two of us we asked questions gallore and took plenty of pictures.

Thank toomuchfunnow
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the old apothecary! Totally worth paying for the tour. Anyone who's read the Outlander series or the Harry Potter books will appreciate this place...especially the second floor work/storage room.

Thank Jamie M
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This was a very nice museum that was purchased by the town in the 1930s with the idea of preservation. The bottles on the shelves are the actual bottles (and contents) from the day they were purchased. The upstairs "lab"is very interesting. It really takes you back and time and recognize the impact on life expectancy. We had wonderful docents... More 

Thank asnydie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

My husband, son and I came upon this museum while exploring Alexandria, and decided to go inside. It was apparently about 10 minutes after the last tour of the day had begun, and the person at the front desk kindly granted us the chance to join that tour in progress. When we caught up we listened for a while and... More 

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Nathalie, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Wonderful tour. A real step into history as the apothecary simply closed. Was never cleaned out and then opened as a museum. All original items within! Wonderful tour.

Thank Donna M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Outstanding. Check out the plaque in the apothecary when you first step in. Many unobservant people don't see it. The male says the story is not verified but he goes on to say one of the family members came in for a tour and they verified, so I don't know how much more verification you need. I am an herbalist.... More 

Thank Jama J
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We stopped in right before they were about to close and found out about a Harry Potter birthday event happening later in the summer, so we came back for that. It was quite fun! Aside from that, the tour guides are very knowledgeable, and they have so many fun and quirky stories to tell. The upstairs drawers really do look... More 

Thank Michelle K
Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This museum is incredible--it feels as though you are stepping back in time to a pharmacy that catered to the Washington's and Lee families--while serving the community for 100's of years. I LOVE that everything was left just the way it had been in the past. Our tour guide Elizabeth was full of information and it was very neat to... More 

Thank Stacey M
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The Apothecary had an open house for some reason and I took advantage of it. They received the visitors with a quick intro and then you were able to roam free as long as you stay clear of anything. Although there were not guided tours, the guides were on the floor and did their job with a smile. Based on... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited the museum during our anniversary trip. Our tour group consisted of my husband and myself and one other couple. After being told numerous times not to touch displays or let your bags bump into drawers or shelves I tucked my one shoulder bag close to my body and started the tour. After entering the upstairs... More 

Thank Leah B

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