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 Jan 2, 2018 at 2:35 PM

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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. 

The Apothecary Museum

The museum boasts a vast collection of herbal botanicals, handblown glass, and medical equipment.  It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. The names of famous customers appear in these documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis and Robert E. Lee.

Since 2006 when the buildings were donated to the City of Alexandria, the Museum continues to evolve as new research is uncovered and as the staff expands its understanding of the medical and business history captured by this unique historic site.

Virtual Tour

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

What's New   

  • The Museum will have the following adjusted times: 
    • November 9 - The museum will be closed from 12:30 - 2:00pm. The cancelled tours are as follows: 12:45, 1:15, 1:45.
    • November 15 - The museum will open at 1:00pm due to school tours.
    • November 17 - The museum will open at 12:00pm due to school tours.
    • December 7 - The museum will open at 1:00pm due to school tours.

  • Volunteer docents are needed for weekday and weekend tours and school groups.  Training is flexible and minimum commitment is one tour shift (2-4 hours) per month.  Start the process by submitting an application!
  • Visit the Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.

eHistory at your Fingertips

Event Tickets

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

Other Important Links


Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 South Fairfax Street 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 

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