The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was a family business founded in 1792 and operated in this location from 1796 until 1933. It represents one of Alexandria's oldest continuously run businesses that combined retailing, wholesaling, and manufacturing. The museum boasts a remarkable collection of herbal botanicals, handblown glass, and medical equipment, much still in its 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 these documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis and Robert E. Lee.
Since 2006 when the museum was donated to the City of Alexandria, the museum continues to evolve as new research is uncovered and the museum expands its understanding and interpretation of the medical and business history captured by this site.
American Alliance of MuseumsAccredited Museum
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum105-107 South Fairfax StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314703.746.3852Email
Tour HoursNovember to March:Wednesday - Saturday,11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, 1 -4 p.m.Monday and Tuesday, ClosedLast tour at 3:45 p.m.Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
April to October:Tuesday - Saturday10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday and Monday, 1 to 5 p.m.Last tour at 4:45 p.m.