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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105 S Fairfax St # 107, Alexandria, VA 22314-3301
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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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Such a neat museum!

This museum is incredible--it feels as though you are stepping back in time to a pharmacy that catered to the Washington's and Lee families--while serving the community for 100's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
Stacey M
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Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This museum is incredible--it feels as though you are stepping back in time to a pharmacy that catered to the Washington's and Lee families--while serving the community for 100's of years. I LOVE that everything was left just the way it had been in the past. Our tour guide Elizabeth was full of information and it was very neat to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The Apothecary had an open house for some reason and I took advantage of it. They received the visitors with a quick intro and then you were able to roam free as long as you stay clear of anything. Although there were not guided tours, the guides were on the floor and did their job with a smile. Based on... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited the museum during our anniversary trip. Our tour group consisted of my husband and myself and one other couple. After being told numerous times not to touch displays or let your bags bump into drawers or shelves I tucked my one shoulder bag close to my body and started the tour. After entering the upstairs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This place is really fascinating. It is like time has been standing still since the shop closed in the 1930s, without doubt the most well preserved museum I've ever been into. I was skeptical before we went in, but honestly it was one of the most memorable things we did in our 7 week trip across the USA.

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Thank Monique S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I had walked past this place many times. On this day, I had time to go in. I am not into the medical stuff, but this is a very well preserved place. Worth seeing.

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Thank JohnBCowgill
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We were having lunch in old town and decided to pop in. Its a very small museum so just one person to man the shop and another to lead the tour (Sometimes just one person and she has to lock the front do while she gives the tour). We stopped in just before the tour started. They let us mill... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This was an amazing little museum to visit. The guide was very interesting, telling us the history of this apothecary. Going upstairs to the lab was so interesting!!

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Seattle WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Dont know why it has a limited schedule so only at hour:15 and hour:45 can you go in. You must pay admission fee and see the old time store also seen on PBS series Metcy Street. Its ok.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

My wife stopped in on a whim and they were just ready to start a tour. We are glad we did! Very interesting to see the shop as it was when they closed the doors in 1933. The history is truly fascinating. I recommend this 20 minute tour.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 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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