We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Address: 105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
Website
Improve this listing
89%
Ranked #5 of 66 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: History museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Mon 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

Hotels near Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Write a Review

60 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    42
    12
    5
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alexandria, Virginia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Simsbury, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Scottsdale, Arizona
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was a cool museum to walk through. Most of what you see is original, and this place is very old for a U.S. building.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
desoto, mo
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alexandria, Virginia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
490 reviews 490 reviews
283 attraction reviews
246 helpful votes 246 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum also viewed

 

Been to Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?