Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was a family business founded in 1792 and operated in this location from 1805 until 1933.  It represents one of Alexandria's oldest continuously run businesses that combined retailing, wholesaling, and manufacturing.

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The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum boasts a vast collection of herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, and medical equipment.  It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. Read more about the museum's history.

Closures

The museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. 


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Virtual Tour

Visit the first and second floors of the Apothecary Museum on Google 360 virtual tours.


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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the August 8, 2020 City-wide remembrance in memory of Benjamin Thomas, who was lynched in Alexandria on this day in 1899, is being conducted virtually on this In Memoriam page.


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Build your social justice muscles this summer! As our nation and city come to terms with their legacies of racial injustice, take the 30-Day Challenge to learn, listen, explore, and act to make positive change. Learn about our city’s important African American history to build your base of knowledge. Listen and explore to understand the struggles, triumphs, and legacies of African Americans across the nation and throughout the centuries. Act to bring equity in America and in Alexandria.


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Help Historic Alexandria chart a new path for the summer and fall as we seek to bring history to you in new and different ways! Please take a few minutes to take the survey!


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Peaceful vigils, protests and other events took place in Alexandria during the first week in June, following the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. Recognizing the importance of this moment in history, the Office of Historic Alexandria invites the community to share signs, t-shirts, flyers, photographs, journals, personal stories, and artifacts that document local vigils and protests. 


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As we experience this unprecedented time in the history of our town and the world, the Office of Historic Alexandria is embarking on a project to record our City’s response by conducting oral histories and collecting select memories, objects and documents from across the Alexandria community.


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Museums are beginning to reopen in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. The Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum and Gadsby's Tavern Museum are now open. Public programs are cancelled until further notice. Refer to the Calendar for the status of Commission and other departmental associated meetings. For additional information about the City of Alexandria’s actions, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.


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Miss visiting your favorite Historic Alexandria sites? Looking for some fun historic activities to share with your kids at home? Let our staff bring history virtually to you! 


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Search the Museum’s Archival Collection, 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.


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Visitors can tour the Museum on one of the many 30 minute guided tours offered at a quarter past and quarter to the hour. The museum offers guided tours, only due to the fragility of the historic space. Public tours can accommodate up to 10 people. Admission may be purchased in the museum shop or in advance by calling 703-746-3852.


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The Apothecary Museum presents one-hour specialty tours with varying themes on occasional Sunday mornings throughout the year. Advance purchase is recommended as space is limited. To find out more about the Geek Tours look for dates on Historic Alexandria's online calendar


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The museum offers children's birthday parties for both aspiring wizards and pharmacists Find out more about Children's Birthday Parties.


Museum and Office Hours

Note: the museums and offices are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice.    

Closed
New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

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Event Tickets

To purchase tickets to Apothecary Museum events, and to shop online, visit The Alexandria Shop.

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