Experience the real-world behind J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter
Alexandria’s Apothecary Museum, located at 105-107 South Fairfax Street, is celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31 with special tours from 6 to 8 p.m. This Apothecary, where “potions” were mixed and sold for 141 years, is full of thousands of curious objects, herbs and remedies! Their elixirs may not have promised luck to the user, but many were considered “cure-alls” in their time.
Visitors will discover the uses for Dragon’s Blood, Unicorn Root, Mandrake Root and other mysterious but powerful plants during their tour as they encounter the real-world counterpart to Harry Potter’s world. Tour includes a special take-home activity book and hands-on opportunities. Cost is $6 per person.
For those desiring an even more magical experience, the Apothecary is offering an hour-long “Potions and Lotions” program to groups. Visitors tour the museum and then mix their own bottle of lotion to take home. The “Potions and Lotions” tour is open to groups of six more and makes an unforgettable birthday party for kids and ‘tweens or unique “girls day out” for teens and adults! Rates begin at $6 a person. To book a “Potions and Lotions” tour or get more information, call 703.746.4739.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Old Town Alexandria is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. 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 the documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis, and Robert E. Lee.
For more information about the Apothecary Museum, visit www.apothecarymuseum.org or call 703.746.3852.