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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105 S Fairfax St # 107, Alexandria, VA 22314-3301
Phone Number: +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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Apothecary Old Town

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Donna M
Nathalie, Virginia

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Nathalie, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 74 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 

Thank Alicia_Boricua
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place is really fascinating. It is like time has been standing still since the shop closed in the 1930s, without doubt the most well preserved museum I've ever been into. I was skeptical before we went in, but honestly it was one of the most memorable things we did in our 7 week trip across the USA.

Thank Monique S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I had walked past this place many times. On this day, I had time to go in. I am not into the medical stuff, but this is a very well preserved place. Worth seeing.

Thank JohnBCowgill
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We were having lunch in old town and decided to pop in. Its a very small museum so just one person to man the shop and another to lead the tour (Sometimes just one person and she has to lock the front do while she gives the tour). We stopped in just before the tour started. They let us mill... More 

Thank TeenuhRunay
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This was an amazing little museum to visit. The guide was very interesting, telling us the history of this apothecary. Going upstairs to the lab was so interesting!!

Thank Tamie R

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