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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105 S Fairfax St # 107, Alexandria, VA 22314-3301
+1 703-746-3852
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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105 S Fairfax St # 107, Alexandria, VA 22314-3301
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a fascinating museum tour. We loved the experience. Seeing the old pharmacy items downstairs and upstairs was absolutely like going back to a different time.

Thank Rebecca H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum celebrates a drug store (apothecary) foundedright after the Revolutionary War and at this present location since 1796. Pretty informative tour guide. Lots of memorabilia and products from what was an operating store until 1933. Kids loved it, strangely

Thank Chinapjs
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I read the rave reviews before going. Especially interesting about the reviews were the comments about the tour guides and how informative they were. I know I did not get any of the guides mentioned. My guide was totally deadbeat, expressionless and humorless, seemingly automaton-...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an all original apothecary. The tour is worth the very small fee. It is very informative and nice to see the original apothecary and building. I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself interested. Even the small gift shop is cute.

Thank ddallas1969
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the tour super interesting. The apothecary shop was abandoned when the owners went bankrupt in the 1930s, and everything inside was left behind, so everything in the museum is original to the shop. The tour guide and other staff were super friendly and...More

2  Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve visited many apothecaries before at frontier towns and museums but this one is special due to the second floor of the building and the excellent guide. I will recommend to anyone checking out Old Town Alexandria.

Thank AlwaysLateDC
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this place. I have spent years living in the area and never thought of ever going inside. I am so glad I did. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable, the items in the amazing are fascinating and well preserved/maintained, and...More

Thank kyurinich
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For $5 you will receive an excellent guided small group tour through a 200+ yrs old apothecary that is still intact. The presentation and artifacts are fascinating, our guide Sean was extremely knowledgeable medically and historically. A nice addition to time in Old Town.

Thank charlielucky
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A delightful step into the past. Michelle was our guide, she was very thorough and informative. Thank you!

Thank Revmike4
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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

The caretaker was great- She had a lot of great information and was entertaining even my kids enjoyed it (5&9). Mom is a pharmacist so that may have swayed the children’s attention. The caretaker looked visibly nervous when saying “don’t touch anything unless I say...More

Thank Chelsea B
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