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 25, 2020 at 11:02 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.

Now Open

The Museum hours are Monday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. To promote physical distancing, you may be asked to wait in the gift shop and admitted as space permits. To guarantee an entry time, purchase a timed entrance pass in The Alexandria Shop prior to arrival and receive a discount off of admission!

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines  

The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them through the remainder of 2020 based on available staffing levels and as the region moves through Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia plan. Includes guidelines for guided tours, volunteers, rentals, public programs and events, and on-site research and collections use by the public.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines


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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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We are excited that the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is now open in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. Learn more about initial hours, timed tickets, and safety measures.


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While our lives today look different than generations past, winter still brings a common feeling of change. Even this year, when COVID 19 is changing much of what we do, colder days, longer nights, and holiday.


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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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Museums are beginning to reopen in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia Plan. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary 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.


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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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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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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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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

Museum Hours
Monday 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
Sundays 1 -- 4 p.m. 
Public programs are cancelled or virtual until further notice.     

Closed
New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Email the Museum

Email the Museum  

Event Tickets

To purchase tickets to Apothecary Museum events, and to shop online, visit The Alexandria Shop. Visit the Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.

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