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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
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Ranked #13 of 37 attractions in Alexandria
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792 and 1933. The shop was transformed into a museum... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The docent was excellent and we were the only two on the tour. All the time we wanted and all the questions answered. The only thing I disliked was having to leave.

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Chino, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

A friend recommended visiting this museum and we are glad we did. We have been to Old Town before but never ventured off King Street too often, shame on us. The old time apothecary dates back to the late 1790's and is preserved just as it was when the owners had to abandon the store in 1933 due to hard... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This place was really quite fascinating... a time capsule, made possible by citizens of Alexandria many years ago, who wanted to preserve this old-timey apothecary in the exact same state when they closed the doors in the 20's. This was the pre-eminent apothecary of its time, providing medicine for the Washingtons, Robert E. Lee, etc. Who knew? If you're in... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This museum was one of those places where it is so much cooler and interesting than you thought it would be. As with so many places in Old Town Alexandria, the history of this museum is amazing but the artifacts inside are even more amazing. All the medicine, herbs, roots, etc. are originally from the museum. There is even a... More

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London, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Free open-house on a Saturday. Very interesting to see the display. The staff were very informative and full of interesting tidbits. Not sure if there is usually a fee for this museum, but as a quick-stop freebie, it was great!

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Liz W, Manager at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, responded to this review

Steve: Glad you had a great experience at the Apothecary! The Saturday you visited was a special free open house day as part of National Pharmacy Month. Normally there is a nominal fee to take a guided tour. Thanks for the review. Liz W., Assistant Director More

Dunfermline, Scotland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

A bit small for a museum but it was nice to see how it was done all those years ago. Interesting array of medicines and contraptions.

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Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Had a nice tour of the Apothecary Museum. Was informative, very cool to see mostly original bottles, counters etc which were preserved "as is" when the Pharmacy went under during the Great Depression.

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Baltimore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Two staff were friendly and went on great tour. All the original bottles and medines are intact on the selves. Recorded entire tour and caught bells that weren't ringing at the time of tour.

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Bucks County, PA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I know a tour of an apothecary museum may not sound very exciting, but even not being a history buff I found it compelling and enjoyed every minute. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave a real sense of the life and times of this fascinating little place. Rather than being a bunch of artifacts arranged nicely in a... More

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New York, NY
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

What a terrific museum, packed with history and artifacts. The tour guide was great trying hard to tell us everything in 30 mins. My only complaint is 30 mins is just too short. I was only able to look at half of what was available to see. It doesn't leave anytime to look at all the jars and boxes of... More

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