Alexandria - Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 South Fairfax Street
703-838-3852

Mission Statement:
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, one of the oldest pharmacies in the nation, exists today to promote a greater understanding of historic public health issues, inspire people with the values of Quaker founder, Edward Stabler, and engage the visitor in an appreciation of our local and national history by sharing the story of this business and family's profound effect on the community in such diverse areas as education and the abolition of slavery.


Reviews

Rob Loper

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
O M G. This place is so cool. Like. It is a place frozen in time. You walk in, and you are looking at the exact same things that someone at the end of the 19th century was looking at. Even cooler is that during the tour, they take you up to the workrooms where they stored their medicines and ingredients. It was like being in a history book. The gift shop also has a bunch of cool items that are either made right there or are hard to find elsewhere. You must visit!

Nick Tomeo

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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
It's a long running pharmacy left as it stood when it closed in the early 20th century. They have a small gift shop and do tours on 15 and 45 past the hour during their open hours for $5. The tour takes you into the shop portion of the pharmacy/apothecary and into the warehouse area where they mixed (compounded) and stored items for wholesale. The building and all of the original jars, boxes, and storage containers are neat to see. This particular apothecary is steeped in history- they supplied medicines to Congress. I think the tour is well worth the time and money. I dock it a star since a more knowledgeable tour guide could really make this a unique and interesting experience by expanding on the history or ingredients used as "medicine." If I understand correctly, all if the employees/tour-guides are volunteers, so it's probably hit or miss what a particular guide knows and can offer.

Chris Calabrese

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Friday, March 30, 2018
An interesting look at the pharmacy business over the last hundred and fifty years. $5 for adults $3 for kids gets you a guided tour that lasts half an hour and takes you through a couple of different rooms in a former apothecary. Interesting to understand how people treated illness and used drugs and medicine in the past.

Daniel Tobias

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Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
You can take a fairly short tour here, but this place is a relic. They have maintained a lot of the original building, and it is really interesting to see and hear about. Things get really exciting when you get into the attic. I would highly recommend.

Denise Yazak

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Monday, March 12, 2018
Took my mom, who is a clinical pharmacist, and she really enjoyed it, as did I. It's neat seeing this bit of history Frozen in time. The guides are super knowledgeable and able to answer any and all questions. It's not a long tour, but it's certainly a memorable one.