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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703-746-3852
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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I bought penny candy here, but it was 5 cents! While small, you get the feeling that it was so sufficient for the times it was in. It really is just a real experience, and I was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought penny candy here, but it was 5 cents! While small, you get the feeling that it was so sufficient for the times it was in. It really is just a real experience, and I was a little bit shocked at how much traffic they got!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seasoned docents and a digestible exhibit. Many ancient medicinal artifacts not seen elsewhere. A must see for any visitor to Alexandria.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here several times and never tire of it. This colonial pharmacy was closed up for many years and reopened as a museum with all it's original contents still intact. Medicine still in boxes and bottles etc. A letter from Martha Washington is in the case requesting some medication. Old doctor's instruments, etc. Well worth you while. There's... More 

Thank mariavhaag
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely loved it! Volunteers leading the tour were very knowledgeable and fun. There stories made this to be one of the highlights of our trip to Alexandria!

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Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stumbled across this little museum while waiting for another engagement later in the day, and was so glad I did. The displays look just as they would have when the Apothecary was running, and the knowledgable tour guide showed us through the first floor (where the public would come to buy medicine and other things), and the second floor... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Was at the Carlyle house and our tour guide there recommended the apothecary museum. I'm so glad we took her advice! This was such a cool little museum, with an awesome and incredibly knowledgeable tour guide! This is a quick 40 minute tour and it is so interesting with this apothecary being open throughout a large amount of American history.... More 

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Streetsboro, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Okay, so this town simply oozes history. Around every corner there are glimpses of years gone by. This attraction however is a living time capsule. Or should I say tincture of tyme in keeping with apothecary jargon? This place was shuttered in the 1930s and left unmolested. You can see original powders and snake oil cures in their original decanters.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I've been several times and each time I go I learn something new. It's a tiny place packed with history and its a wonderful way to get a window into the way people got healthcare then. Each guide tells a different story rich in historical detail so I plan on going again next time I have an out of town... More 

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Millersburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

I visited this marvelous travel back in time with a friend most recently and she had it on her "bucket list". WOW! What wonderful moments in time, both present and past! All inventory inside this early 1900's building are exactly the same as when the family shut the doors and walked away from the family business!! The pharmaceuticals have come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

To step into a time filled with such life and wonder doesn't even begin to describe this wonderful find near the river! William the tour guide seemed to have been ripped from the pages of history with his detail and elaborate yet eloquent story-telling. He brought the day of Leadbetter to life. To see the life of this apothecary stand... More 

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