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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105 S Fairfax St # 107, Alexandria, VA 22314-3301
Phone Number: 703-746-3852
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The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert...

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.

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Amazing!

This place is really fascinating. It is like time has been standing still since the shop closed in the 1930s, without doubt the most well preserved museum I've ever been into. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is really fascinating. It is like time has been standing still since the shop closed in the 1930s, without doubt the most well preserved museum I've ever been into. I was skeptical before we went in, but honestly it was one of the most memorable things we did in our 7 week trip across the USA.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had walked past this place many times. On this day, I had time to go in. I am not into the medical stuff, but this is a very well preserved place. Worth seeing.

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Thank JohnBCowgill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were having lunch in old town and decided to pop in. Its a very small museum so just one person to man the shop and another to lead the tour (Sometimes just one person and she has to lock the front do while she gives the tour). We stopped in just before the tour started. They let us mill... More 

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Thank TeenuhRunay
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing little museum to visit. The guide was very interesting, telling us the history of this apothecary. Going upstairs to the lab was so interesting!!

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Thank Tamie R
Seattle WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dont know why it has a limited schedule so only at hour:15 and hour:45 can you go in. You must pay admission fee and see the old time store also seen on PBS series Metcy Street. Its ok.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife stopped in on a whim and they were just ready to start a tour. We are glad we did! Very interesting to see the shop as it was when they closed the doors in 1933. The history is truly fascinating. I recommend this 20 minute tour.

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Thank Capt_Wyatt
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

It's like stepping back in time. Same condition as when it was closed on 1933. Opened in 1792 and is a real treasure to be preserved the way that it is. If in Old Town you must stop by for a visit!

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Higham, Suffolk, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Nice and unusual find in Alexandria! The tours ($5/person) are 30 minutes in duration and conducted by a very insightful, passionate resident of Alexandria. There's so much to see and hear about during this tour; whilst it seems like the rooms are small (by current standards), they are completely full of actual equipment from the late 1700s and early 1800s.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

This was my second favorite tour in Alexandria. We learned some fun facts and the guide had a nice sense of humor. Very cool how it's basically a time capsule.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

We found this museum when we stopped in old town Alexandria during a family vacation to DC. We had no expectations except the visitor's center nearby recommended it. This place is really interesting and a time-capsule from another time. Most museums are a fabricated display, but this museum is the real thing - frozen in time from 1933. The materials... More 

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