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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great little known museum!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Nicole R
Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here on a Saturday afternoon and there was only 1 girl working. She was the cashier AND the tour guide. No one else was working. This meant that she could only take a few people, lock the doors, take the small group on a very fast tour ( about 20 min), and let us out. People waiting outside... More 

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McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide Linda did a wonderful job. I would have to say the apothecary was the highlight of our day. The apothecary intrigued both my husband and I, as well as two hard to impress 13-year-olds girls. The upstairs of the apothecary was my personal favorite as a florist. I was amazed to see all the individual boxes with... More 

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

For $5 you get to step back into the 30s and view an extremely well preserved apothecary. Its fun to look around at all the ingredients upstairs! The museum is well loved by its care takers and they do events like Harry Potter's birthday party which is basically a perfect use of the space

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Check the calendar online before you go/book your tour. There are two main types of tours here: family oriented and adult oriented. The family tours are less detailed, and when we went they tied a lot of it to the Harry Potter series, which thrilled the kids. The adult tour is more focused on the history of the building and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pharmacy is still exactly the same as the day they closed it more than 80 years ago. Shop on the ground floor and the manufactury on the first floor can be visited. There is a guide tour of 25 minutes. It starts at a quarter after and before the hour. It costs only $ 5. Interesting! The wife of... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The tour is docent lead and it's an interesting place to see. Most of the original materials are intact so there are jars of some amazing things that were medicinal in the past.

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