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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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.


Museum Closures and Covid-19 Operational Guidelines

Many of the museums are closed and public programs are cancelled until further notice. Check the Historic Alexandria homepage to see the latest on which museums are  now open.

The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them based on safety and 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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Join us this summer for a historic time! Historic Alexandria has created unique virtual programs for rising 6th through 9th graders. Cost is $130 per week, which includes daily live virtual instruction from 10-11:30am and additional activities to complete outside of class. Scholarships available. To register and get additional information, visit The Alexandria Shop. All Sales are Final.


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Some of the Historic Alexandria museums are closed until further notice. Luckily, history doesn’t stop just because our doors are closed! Visit us here on our website and follow us on social media to discover new things about your hometown.


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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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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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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
Closed until further notice.     

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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