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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
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Ranked #3 of 38 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

small cost for tour guide, but spent about an hour chatting to her, museum saved as it would have been in its opening days. Original jars and bottles with some original contents. Upstairs in the store room, they had mandrake root and dragons blood and have Harry Potter talks on Harrys birthday, we were the only ones taking the tour... More

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desoto, mo
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Loved looking at the old drug store with all the original furnishings, got to go upstairs & see when they made the medicines & see everything. If you love history & seeing things in their original previous state don't miss this museum.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. See life as it was and learn about how much medicine and health has changed in the past couple hundred years. Fascinating experience. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable and was open to questions.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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388 reviews 388 reviews
224 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This museum is worth a stop and adds a nice diversion to the shops of Alexandria. Our energetic and entertaining host brought us through the museum and told several stories, drawing connections to the recession, harry potter and modern day Alexandria. The tour runs $5 and is on the half hour. The gift shop also offers a plethora of Apothecary... More

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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This little museum is just awesome. All you need is an hour but it is a very well spent hour listening about the history of the shop and browsing through all medicinal bottles and curious things.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This small apothecary shop in Old Town Alexandria is an interesting glimpse into the past. On a short tour, you are shown what a drugstore looked like hundreds of years ago. Many of the original bottles are still on the shelves, giving visitors an excellent idea of what types of "medicines" people used to take to (hopefully) cure their maladies.... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Wow...what a great little slice of history! We really enjoyed the museum and the tour was very informative. The cost is only $5 and there is an ecoupon on their website for $1 off. If you're visiting Old Town Alexandria, this is a quick must-see attraction!

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chesapeake, va
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This was worth the stop and the tour.This is an Important piece of history preserved for us. The tourguide was very knowledgable and for a moment you could imagine being a customer in the store a over a hundred years ago.

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Buffalo, New York
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260 reviews 260 reviews
100 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is an unexpectedly amazing step back in time. Retail floor is interesting circa 1850 but the real treat is the hidden work area and storage on second floor. It is a unique step back in history. Very special

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Alexandria, VA
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243 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a unique museum that traces is lineage to 1792 when a young pharmacist emigrated from England to open shop in Alexandria. A partnership between the Stabler and Leadbeater families assured the continuation of the shop through expansion into production and wholesaling of drugs as well as creation of paints. It survived the Civil War and lasted into the... More

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