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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
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Description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and...
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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For all you nerdy Chemist !

Interesting and fascinating ! If you are a chemistry buff, you'll get a kick out of this tour. So rich in history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Kenmore, Washington
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Kenmore, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting and fascinating ! If you are a chemistry buff, you'll get a kick out of this tour. So rich in history.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The tour is lovely! They teach you so much about the history of pharmacy, absolutely fascinating! I highly recommend this tour. You really get an up close and personal view, photography is allowed! I can't say enough nice things about this hidden gem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Very interesting and all original. It has all of the original medicine jars and some still have medicine in them. It is just a few bucks to take the tour and is less than a half hour. The tour guide is very informative. Different and enjoyable.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great museum in the heart of Old-Town. This apothecary served the likes of George & Martha Washington, Robert E. Lee, and everyone in between. The tour guides are very well versed in the history of the Apothecary, as well as the function of the herbs & extracts, The guided tour is $4 and takes about 30-40 minutes. The guides encourage... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Still has the chair that George Washington used to sit in while the pharmacist was making his pills and potions on his day trips from Mt. Vernon.. Interesting display of period tinctures and remedies.

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Baltimore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Visited with my mother- what a hidden treasure! Preserved from the turn of the 20th century, the architectural features are gorgeous. You can see the ledger of transactions from notable customers like Robert E Lee and George Washington. Upstairs where the paint was mixed is a mini Harry Potter-like potions room. The tour was in depth and very interesting. Though... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Great staff, lots to learn, and overall great experience. We went as a homeschool field trip with several other families. We were treated to interactive hands on lessons on how minerals, plants and compounds are/were used and combined to make medicine and tinctures. Our guide even explained how certain teas, liquids and oils were/are used for medicinal purposes. One of... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Who would have thought that a pharmacy would make a good museum? Well, this sure does. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was somehow preserved through time and offers modern visitors a gilmpse into the past. I would recommend this attraction to anyone, but especially to history buffs and anyone interested in medical/pharmacy topics. I visited with my wife and child. There's... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I had heard of this museum for years and finally went when family was visiting for the 5th time and we were running out of monument and memorials to visit. It's a small museum but totally worth the time if you're already near Old Town Alexandria. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, easily fielding questions from adults and some pre-teen... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

the tour guide was very well versed in old pharmacy and drug terms. Very well preserved building. We loved the original storage bins.

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