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Apothecary Museum And Gift Shop

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, one of the oldest pharmacies in the nation, exists today to promote a greater understanding of historic public health issues, inspire people with the values of Quaker founder, Edward Stabler, and engage the visitor in an appreciation of our local and national history by sharing the story of this business and family’s profound effect on the community in such diverse areas as education and the abolition of slavery.


The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is noted for its outstanding collection of shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, and archival materials, many still in their original location.

When the Apothecary closed during the Depression, in 1933, the doors were simply locked, preserving the contents for history. The building re-opened as a museum in 1939. Over 8,000 objects, including pill rollers, mortars and pestles, drug mills, and hand-blown medicine bottles with gold-leaf labels, were left in place. Medicinal herbs and paper labels remain in their wooden drawers. Large show-globes from the mid-19th century remain in the windows.

The first floor room of 107 S. Fairfax Street was fitted out in the Gothic Revival style around 1835, and still contains the apothecary furnishings of that period. On the second floor, wooden boxes, hand-lettered with numbers and names of herbs and medicines, line the walls and shelving. This supply room also contains tins, hand-blown bottles and paper labels for packaging the drugs.

The Apothecary has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, letter and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers and daybooks, orders and invoices, and stock certificates. The names of famous customers appear in the documents, including Martha Washington, James Monroe, Nelly Custis and Robert E. Lee. According to an 1802 letter from Mount Vernon, “Mrs. Washington desires Mr. Stabler to send by the bearer a quart bottle of his best Castor Oil and the bill for it.


Adults : $4.00
Children ( Ages 11-17): $2.00
Children under 11: FREE!
Groups of 10 or more: $3.00

Opening hours

April through October:

Sunday and Monday: 1pm to 5 pm
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

November through March:

Wednesday to Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Getting there

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, near many shops, restaurants, and other museums and historic sites. Alexandria is half-way between Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon.

From Washington, D.C., and National Airport
Take the George Washington Parkway south, past the airport, into Alexandria. The Parkway becomes Washington Street in the City. Go about a mile, past Queen Street, and turn left on Cameron Street, opposite Christ Church. Go four block, past City Hall,, and turn right on North Fairfax Street. Go one block, past King Street, and the museum will be on your right.

From I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Take the US Route 1 North exit (first exit on the Virginia side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge). Take your first right onto Franklin Street, go seven blocks and turn left onto South Fairfax Street. Go five blocks north, past Prince Street, and the museum will be on your left.

By Metro
Take the yellow or blue line to King Street station. Cross the parking lot and turn right, one half block to King Street. Turn right (east) on King Street and walk about down hill about 1 mile South Fairfax Street. Turn right, and the museum will be on your right. Or take the Dash Bus to King and North Fairfax Streets. Call (703) 370-DASH for bus schedules and information, or check the schedules posted at the station.

By Train
Take Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express to Alexandria's Union Station (across the tracks from King Street Metro station). Upon exiting the train station, walk to your right to King Street and follow directions from Metro.

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Be a part of the journey of discovery at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. In the coming months, new programs and activities will be created based on new research and the exciting history of this unique Alexandria enterprise! These will include:

* Special Interest tours
* School Tours & Children's Programs
* Lectures
* Living History Programs
* Health-related Activities

Venue hire

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