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Apothecary Programs & Events

The Wonders of Science

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum offers a number of public programs and special events throughout the year for all ages and interests. Check the calendar of events for upcoming programs and events or see below for additional information.

Open Houses

The Apothecary is open several times a year for free or reduced admission. In honor of National Pharmacy Month, the Museum hosts a free open house the first Saturday of October. Visitors can experience not only the tour, but special activities and view objects rarely on display. The Museum also offers free tours the afternoon of President’s Day and the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. On Mother’s and Father’s Day, the honored parent tours free.

Wonders of Science

In the 18th century, people’s understanding of the world around them and the medical sciences was rapidly changing as more discoveries were made. Experience the awe of these discoveries through Wonders of Science, a program that brings to life the experiments and discoveries that were shocking the world. Topics range from the natural sciences to “quack” medicine and are presented in conjuction with Project Enlightenment, McLean High School's historical reenactment society. This program is ideal for grades three and older. Cost is $6 per person and reservations are recommended. See the Calendar of Events for the next presentation.

Behind the Counter Tours

Want to see parts of the Museum most people never do? Always wanted to go behind the barriers? This tour is for you! Adult groups of up to eight people can book a 1.5 hour Behind the Counter tour of the Apothecary, which allows you to go behind the barriers and take an in-depth look at the Apothecary and objects usually not on display. Cost is $15 per person, with a maximum of eight people; minimum charge of $80. Reservations are required and should be booked at least one month in advance. Please contact the Curator of Education to book your tour today!

Children’s Birthday Parties

Take the stress out of planning a birthday party—appropriate for children ages seven and older, Apothecary Museum birthday parties are a unique way to combine science and history with plenty of fun! The kids become apothecary apprentices as they learn the basics of making and marketing their own brand of medicine. The party includes each child mixing a special “potion” to take home. Our 1.5 hour parties include a museum teacher, engaging tour of the museum, activities, and all the supplies to make your party a success. All parents have to worry about is bringing a birthday cake and the kids! Cost is $250 for 10 children, $15 per additional child (maximum of 15 total). Purchase goody bags for an additional $3.50 each. Please contact the Curator of Education to schedule your party today.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Tour Hours
November to March:
Wednesday - Saturday,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 -4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday,  Closed
Last tour at 3:45 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

April to October:
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Last tour at 4:45 p.m.