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“Must visit if you're interested in traditional remedies” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
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Ranked #5 of 66 things to do in Alexandria
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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.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Must visit if you're interested in traditional remedies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I've wanted to visit this museum for several years and it was always closed when I managed to make it to Alexandria. Finally had the chance to go. It consists of two rooms full of original shelves and counters containing items from the Apothecary. The tour guide was formally a pharmacist and provided a lot of insight. My friend and I both had a scientific background along with a life long interest in herbal remedies, for this reason we had very interesting conversations with the guide. I would have loved to have spent more time in here and hope to return again. If you have any interest in herbal remedies/chemistry/history I would highly recommend.

Visited June 2012
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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“A pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

If visiting Old Town take the tme to visit this small museum to learn about the early days of the pharmacy business. The tour guide was great and willing to take the time with your group ans answer all quatons. Many great stories about the family business and its customers. Much better than I was expecting!

Visited April 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“A fun find in Old Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

This place is a gem. Although small very much worth the visit. On Washington's Birthday Parade Day and St. Patrick's Parade Day it's free and very worth the take

Visited March 2012
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new york
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“A different history tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

Yes, take the tour. You got a dollar off for AAA membership.
Learned about the family pharmacy business, from production to manufacturing all in the same store. Really cool, good for Teens also.

Visited March 2012
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Alexandria, VA
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“Really cool stuff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Fascinating little museum, perfectly preserved. Educational but also cool to look at old containers, filing systems, etc.

Visited February 2012
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