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“Favorite Alexandria Museum”

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
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Civil War History Walking Tour of Alexandria
Ranked #6 of 90 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
3,376 reviews
1,863 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,914 helpful votes
“Favorite Alexandria Museum”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

I love this place because it is so unique. This is the same pharmacy where people in Alexandria (including George and Martha Washington) had their prescriptions filled for over 130 years. I always recommend this place to friends because I just find it so interesting. I've never met anyone who was disappointed.

Visited June 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Must visit if you're interested in traditional remedies”
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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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
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
Thank Wes50
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A fun find in Old Town”
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
Thank Lisa F
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new york
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“A different history tour”
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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