The Wonders of Science-February 1st

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Special Tours and Programs Explore 18th-Century Science


Apothecary-Wonders of ScienceThe Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, is hosting a special day of 18th-century natural and medical science exploration and demonstrations.

On Sunday, February 1, 2015, visit the Apothecary and discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find out how they were used – and if they worked!  Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s historical-reenactment society, will conduct 18th-century scientific demonstrations which are certain to expand visitors’ knowledge about science in the 1700s.

This hour-long program includes a tour of the museum in addition to the scientific demonstrations.  The program is held between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with new groups beginning every 30 minutes.  Program is recommended for 3rd grade and older. Admission is $6 per person, both children and adults. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, and can be made by calling 703.746.3852 or purchasing tickets online at  The event will be held again on Sunday, March 22. 

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, family-run business in Old Town Alexandria for more than a hundred years, 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 or call 703.746.3852.