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 MuseumThe 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 Museum will be closed for private group tours on the following dates and times:

    September 16: 10 - 11:30am. The first tour will begin at 11:45am.

    September 23: 10 - 11am. The first tour will begin at 11:15am.

    September 30: 10am - 12:30pm. The first tour will begin at 12:45pm. 

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

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

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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