4 of us arrived in the shop and before we could look around what was on sale we were asked to leave as the lady wanted to take a couple on a tour of the apothecary next door through an archway and needed to lock the door to do it. All it would have taken was 5 minutes of their time for us to look around. The place was recommended by both Gadsbys tavern and the visitors centre but the staff were too busy to allow visitors spend more than 10 seconds in the gift shop. We came all the way from the UK, it isn't like we can pop back next week.
Thank you for coming all the way from the UK to visit Historic Alexandria! We are glad you enjoyed our sites while here + am sorry you were disappointed with your experience at the Apothecary Museum. Due to our commitment to keeping a regular tour schedule, our staff is not able to leave the museum shop unattended while starting a tour. This sometimes leads to a shortened shop visit for guests not interested in a tour + we are sorry for that. We hope you understand + we look forward to welcoming you to Alexandria in the future.