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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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.

What's New

  • The Apothecary of Mercy Civil War Tour: Sundays, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9 
    Explore the themes of PBS’s Mercy Street through the lens of this family-owned Apothecary that stayed in business through Alexandria’s occupation during the Civil War. This 45 minute tour showcases special archival materials and period ingredients. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets can be purchased online. Doors open at 11:45am, but will be locked when the tour begins at 12:15pm.
  • On Saturday, March 11, the last tour will begin at 1:15pm due to private group tours. 

  • 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.

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

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