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 Sep 12, 2021 at 11:53 AM

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

What is the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and how did it become a museum? This short video covers the basics.

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. The museum is a National Historic Landmark.  Read more about the museum's history.


Covid-19 Operational Guidelines

OHA established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. All museums are participating in the ALX Promise Gold program. Staff will regularly re-evaluate these guidelines throughout 2021, based on guidance from the CDC, Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Virginia Health Department.


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The Apothecary Museum is open Sundays & Mondays 1 - 5 p.m. This page has admission information, tour options, and directions to assist in planning your visit.


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


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Apply now to be a volunteer tour guide at the Apothecary Museum. The next training class runs September 25 through November 6. Training includes two in-person workshops (Sept. 25 and Nov. 6), four virtual trainings, and a commitment to studying and developing your tour individually.


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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! 


Museum and Office Hours

Museum Hours
Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Monday 1-5 p.m.

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. Visit the Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.

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