Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum Open from 1792 to 1933, this family-run drug store became a museum in 1933, preserving many of the original objects, furniture, and even ingredients.
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The museum occupies two early 19th century buildings in Old Town Alexandria. The buildings were the site of the Stabler and Leadbeater Apothecary business throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The interior of the 107 building has been left just as it was when the store closed in 1933, from the furnishings to the 1850s decor to the 1930s contents in the medicine bottles. Please visit our gift shop and support the museum's education and conservation programs.

Curator of Collections Callie talking about a terrifying time in Alexandria - Prohibition. Appropriate cocktail for the ...
05/07/2019

Curator of Collections Callie talking about a terrifying time in Alexandria - Prohibition. Appropriate cocktail for the night is an Apple Town Collins, full of gin (that could be made in the bathtub) + hard cider (not regulated like liquor at the time). #oldtowncocktailweek

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo
04/11/2019

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
04/11/2019

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Thank you for all your generous support yesterday during #Spring2ACTion. Although Team Water did not beat Team Fire (cle...
04/11/2019

Thank you for all your generous support yesterday during #Spring2ACTion. Although Team Water did not beat Team Fire (clearly the fire was chemical in nature), we all raised $8,000 to support Friendship Firehouse's Hose Reel. Soon it will be sent off to be restored thanks to your donations.

As #TeamWater is taking down #TeamFire at the moment, let's dive into some fun water trivia. Modern-day businesses pay a...
04/10/2019

As #TeamWater is taking down #TeamFire at the moment, let's dive into some fun water trivia. Modern-day businesses pay a water bill monthly, but the Apothecary in 1869 paid semi-annual rent! No online bill pay for their $5. #TeamWater http://bit.ly/TeamWater #Spring2ACTion

Good Morning #TeamWater! The Hose Reel we are supporting today would help put out a fire - Florida Water not so much, bu...
04/10/2019

Good Morning #TeamWater! The Hose Reel we are supporting today would help put out a fire - Florida Water not so much, but it would certainly make you smell lovely! It was a unisex cologne the Apothecary sold with the aromas of sweet orange, lavender, and clove. http://bit.ly/TeamWater #Spring2ACTion

Tomorrow is Spring2ACTion! Join Team Water as we share interesting water facts throughout the day to 1) take down Team F...
04/09/2019

Tomorrow is Spring2ACTion! Join Team Water as we share interesting water facts throughout the day to 1) take down Team Fire and 2) raise funds for the restoration of the Friendship Firehouse Hose Reel. http://bit.ly/TeamWater

The countdown is on for Spring2ACTion on Wednesday! Did you know this was used to put out fires in the 18th century - a ...
04/08/2019

The countdown is on for Spring2ACTion on Wednesday! Did you know this was used to put out fires in the 18th century - a simple bucket filled with water? Help Team Water compete against Team Fire as we all raise funds for the restoration of the Friendship Firehouse Hose Reel. http://bit.ly/TeamWater

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo
03/29/2019

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo

Today is the last day to vote for Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 hose carriage. It's a close race for #VATop10 and w...
01/31/2019
Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts 2018

Today is the last day to vote for Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 hose carriage. It's a close race for #VATop10 and we NEED YOUR HELP to win. VOTE NOW at: http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr. And please join us tonight for a #HelpOurHose happy hour at Columbia Firehouse (109 S. St. Asaph St.) from 5-7p for food, a cash bar, trivia, and a chance to vote. Thank you for your help!

Your VOTE is needed to help our sister-site, the Friendship Firehouse Museum.  A quick VOTE at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr c...
01/29/2019

Your VOTE is needed to help our sister-site, the Friendship Firehouse Museum. A quick VOTE at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr can help us win $4000 toward the restoration of this historic fire truck! VOTE TODAY! #HelpOurHose #TransformationTuesday #ConserveOurCarriage #VaTop10

#TransformationTuesday! Vote for the historic Prettyman Hose Carriage through Thursday to help make the transformation a reality! http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr #VaTop10 #HelpOurHose

Due to the inclement weather, the Apothecary Museum will be closed today for regular tours, January 13. The Geek Tour wi...
01/13/2019

Due to the inclement weather, the Apothecary Museum will be closed today for regular tours, January 13. The Geek Tour will go on as scheduled.

Voice of America did a great news story about the Apothecary Museum!
11/20/2018
Potions of Yore Preserved in Small US Museum

Voice of America did a great news story about the Apothecary Museum!

One of few surviving apothecaries in United States has been turned into museum in historic Alexandria, Virginia

The Apothecary Museum held its first American Sign Language Geek Tour, thanks to museum volunteer Brittany Turner, who i...
09/10/2018
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum hosts first tour in Sign language

The Apothecary Museum held its first American Sign Language Geek Tour, thanks to museum volunteer Brittany Turner, who is fluent in ASL. News provider LocalDMV.com covered the story.

A visit to the museum is one of the best ways to interact with history, but what if you only got to experience half of what the museum had to offer?

Happy birthday, Harry Potter! (slightly belated) We treated ourselves to a wolfsbane potion and had a great party in you...
08/01/2018

Happy birthday, Harry Potter! (slightly belated) We treated ourselves to a wolfsbane potion and had a great party in your honor!

The Apothecary Museum staff is already preparing for our annual Harry Potter birthday events on July 28th and 29th. You ...
05/30/2018
This Virginia Apothecary Is a Harry Potter Lover’s Paradise

The Apothecary Museum staff is already preparing for our annual Harry Potter birthday events on July 28th and 29th. You can enjoy reading about the museum in this great new article until then.

This centuries-old apothecary is a real-life version of a Hogwarts potions class — and muggles are welcome.

The Apothecary is on another top 10 Alexandria list! Huzzah!
04/27/2018
10 best things to do in Old Town Alexandria • Family Travels on a Budget

The Apothecary is on another top 10 Alexandria list! Huzzah!

Alexandria, Virginia -- a historic city recently voted most romantic city in America -- is home to history, arts, and great food. Alexandria's charm is great for families too -- with museums, parks and bike trails! Start planning your trip with our list of Alexandria's top ten places.

In addition to having thousands of objects at the Apothecary, we also have a vast archival collection. Starting today, y...
04/16/2018
The Apothecary Museum Archival Collection

In addition to having thousands of objects at the Apothecary, we also have a vast archival collection. Starting today, you can view it online! Search for the famous Washington family or local families like the Dulanys, Fendalls, and Wises. This digitization project is on-going and more materials will be uploaded as processed so come back and visit. Happy searching!

The Museum’s Archival Collection is comprised of the letters, invoices, account books, and ledgers of the apothecary and pharmacy business owned by the Stablers and Leadbeater families from 1792-1933, in Alexandria, Virginia.

03/21/2018

The Apothecary Museum is closed on Wednesday, March 21, due to the weather.

03/02/2018

The museum will be open today, Friday, March 2. Only the 2:15 tour will be unavailable.

In honor of National Pharmacist Day, a hearty huzzah to our founder and original pharmacist Edward Stabler!
01/12/2018

In honor of National Pharmacist Day, a hearty huzzah to our founder and original pharmacist Edward Stabler!

These are the fantastic people who make the Apothecary Museum an amazing visitor experience every day of the year! Happy...
01/06/2018

These are the fantastic people who make the Apothecary Museum an amazing visitor experience every day of the year! Happy New Year!

In addition to medicines, the Leadbeaters also sold items such as this Mount Vernon Bird Seed. A part of their specialty...
01/05/2018

In addition to medicines, the Leadbeaters also sold items such as this Mount Vernon Bird Seed. A part of their specialty line of products including perfumes and soap, the Mount Vernon products often featured bright bold labels like this one. #NationalBirdDay

May the warm glow of our show globes reach you and yours! Happy Holidays from the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.
12/25/2017

May the warm glow of our show globes reach you and yours! Happy Holidays from the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

Visit the Apothecary Museum this Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 11am-3:45pm for the free open house in honor of the Scottish Walk. ...
12/01/2017

Visit the Apothecary Museum this Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 11am-3:45pm for the free open house in honor of the Scottish Walk. Special guests the Schod Family Apothecary!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Apothecary! We hope your house is filled with family + your pumpkin pie is cinnamon-rich.
11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the Apothecary! We hope your house is filled with family + your pumpkin pie is cinnamon-rich.

SOLD OUT - Attention Harry Potter fans! Due to high demand, the Apothecary Museum has doubled the number of spaces for t...
11/12/2017

SOLD OUT - Attention Harry Potter fans! Due to high demand, the Apothecary Museum has doubled the number of spaces for the Dec. 10th Geek Tour: A Magical Apothecary. Get your tickets before they are gone! Tickets can be purchased in our online store, https://shop.alexandriava.gov/.

Enjoy some photos from this week's "Celebrity Customer" Cocktail Reception, honoring the 10-year anniversary of the City...
11/10/2017
Apothecary Fundraiser 2017 - hancockphoto

Enjoy some photos from this week's "Celebrity Customer" Cocktail Reception, honoring the 10-year anniversary of the
City's ownership and management of the Historic Apothecary.

Jeff Hancock has been an SLR photographer for 26 years. His initial training was from a photojournalist. Jeff has been on the staff at the newspapers of Hawaii’s Punahou School and Duke University. In addition to photojournalism, he’s been active in a wide variety of genres. His photographs of the B...

In honor of Veterans Day, museums are sharing #WWIstories today! Come to the Apothecary to learn some of them - like wha...
11/09/2017

In honor of Veterans Day, museums are sharing #WWIstories today! Come to the Apothecary to learn some of them - like what is mustard plaster and what other items did the Leadbeaters sell to military customers in the museum’s newest exhibit, “WWI and the Leadbeaters.”

For National Pharmacists Month, we honor John Leadbeater. He graduated from the National College of Pharmacy (now part o...
10/20/2017

For National Pharmacists Month, we honor John Leadbeater. He graduated from the National College of Pharmacy (now part of The George Washington University) in 1895. John was the only member of the Leadbeater family to receive a formal pharmacy degree and one of the three brothers who ran the business under the name of E. S. Leadbeater and Sons. .

Experiencing #Droughtlander this weekend as season 3 takes a break? Immerse yourself in the Apothecary Museum’s Outlan...
10/12/2017

Experiencing #Droughtlander this weekend as season 3 takes a break? Immerse yourself in the Apothecary Museum’s Outlandish Event on Oct. 14th! Make rosemary bergamot body powder so you can smell as delicious as Claire and Jamie. Tickets are still available: http://bit.ly/OHAEvents Also that day, visit Carlyle House Historic Park, just one block away, for their annual Scottish Heritage Day! #Outlander

Sunday, Oct. 8th, the Apothecary Museum will be free! SPecial guests the Schod Family Apothecary will be on site from 1:...
10/07/2017

Sunday, Oct. 8th, the Apothecary Museum will be free! SPecial guests the Schod Family Apothecary will be on site from 1:00-5:00pm demonstrating 19th century pharmaceutical methods.

Like the chocolate remedies mentioned in this Smithsonian article (http://bit.ly/SIChoco), this bottle of chocolate quin...
09/21/2017

Like the chocolate remedies mentioned in this Smithsonian article (http://bit.ly/SIChoco), this bottle of chocolate quinine in the museum’s collection promised to be “free from bitterness” that often accompanied quinine products. Produced by the Burroughs Manufacturing Company in Baltimore, MD in the early 20th century, it was guaranteed under the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906. This bottle is one of several chocolate syrup related objects in the museum’s collection.

In honor of #NationalPeanutDay, enjoy our display jar of Tom’s Toasted Peanuts in the museum’s collection (don't mis...
09/13/2017

In honor of #NationalPeanutDay, enjoy our display jar of Tom’s Toasted Peanuts in the museum’s collection (don't miss the lid!). The Tom Huston Peanut Company, founded in Columbus Georgia in 1925, started selling roasted peanuts in cellophane bags for 5 cents per bag to local customers. The company’s founder, Tom Huston, consulted with famed peanut scientist George Washington Carver on peanut horticulture, and even invented a mechanical peanut sheller to shell peanuts! Still in business, Tom’s sells popular products like Bugles in favor of the namesake peanuts.

09/11/2017

SCHEDULE NOTICE: The Apothecary Museum will be closed on Wednesday, September 13 to accommodate a day-long retreat for departmental staff. We will reopen on Thursday, September 14.

Find out all the medicinal uses for lavender that Jamie Fraser is missing out on during the Apothecary Museum’s Outlan...
09/10/2017

Find out all the medicinal uses for lavender that Jamie Fraser is missing out on during the Apothecary Museum’s Outlandish Event on October 14th. Neighboring museum Carlyle House will also have pipe and drum corps performing that afternoon (yes, they’ll be wearing kilts). Tickets are available for the Apothecary Museum’s Outlandish Event at https://shop.alexandriava.gov/Events.aspx. #Outlander

The Apothecary - a favorite of George Washingtons big and small! Does anyone recognize this pint-sized GW? The orginial ...
09/01/2017

The Apothecary - a favorite of George Washingtons big and small! Does anyone recognize this pint-sized GW? The orginial GW ordered many items from Mr. Stabler, including a medicine chest. #MuseumMystery #ArchivesCute

Address

105-107 S Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA
22314

Take the Yellow or Blue line to King Street. The free King Street Trolley runs every 20 minutes between 11 AM and 10 PM and will take you to Royal Street, only one block away!

General information

$5 for adults, $3 for children 5-12, ages 4 and under free The museum is guided tour only. Tours are 30 minutes and begin at quarter past and quarter to the hour. The last tour begins 15 minutes before closing. The tour involves ascending and descending one flight of ADA accessible stairs.

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 746-3852

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