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.

Page updated on Nov 13, 2019 at 11:47 AM

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.


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Virtual Tour

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


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.


Due to private programs, the Apothecary Museum will be effected as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 29 – No public tour at 10:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 31 – Museum opens at 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1 – Museum closed 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 7 – Museum opens at 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21 – Museum opens at 12:30 p.m.


Support your local museums and give the gift of history to your friends and family. Shop at Alexandria’s premier museums on December 1 and enjoy special discounts and giveaways with purchase, including 20% off all merchandise at participating Office of Historic Alexandria sites.


On December 14, experience the festive holiday season with historic sites throughout Alexandria. Each site features an activity or make and take! Enjoy seasonal decorations, refreshments, and Museum Shops discounts. Visit Gadsby's Tavern, Carlyle House, Lee Fendal House and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary during ongoing tours from 5-9 p.m. Tickets available through Lee-Fendall House


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.


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


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

Museum Hours

November to March:
Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m. 
Monday and Tuesday: Closed 
Last tour: At 3:45 p.m. 
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

April to October:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday and Monday: 1 - 5 p.m. 
Last tour: At 4:45 p.m. 

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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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