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“Interesting” 4 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 #6 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.
Kentucky
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6 reviews
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“Interesting”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Baltimore
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“a place frozen in time”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Bucks County, PA
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“Surprisingly fascinating”
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 shiny new building, this shop is preserved as it was in the 1800s, including jars and canisters with the original contents inside and handwritten labels. We saw bloodletting instruments, handwritten documents, old measuring/pill-making devices, and many other interesting items. Well worth the time and price.

Visited September 2013
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New York, NY
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“Everyone should experience once”
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 stuff labeled with various herbs. I found it fascinating but very rushed. Wish I could have walked back through and reexamined everything.

Visited September 2013
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“This is no ordinary Time Capsule!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

If you visit no other museums, see this one. Wonderful "Harry Potter" style room. Where Harry would have purchased his wand. Katie is VERY knowledgable about the history.

Visited July 2013
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