For current dates of programs & events, check the calendar of events or see below for additional information.
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 in October. The Museum also offers free tours the afternoon of
President’s Day. On Mother’s and Father’s Day, the honored parent tours free.
Wonders of Science
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 by Project Enlightenment, McLean High School's historical reenactment
society. This program is ideal for grades three and older. Cost
is $6 per person and tickets can be purchased through the online store.
can book a special one-hour program that includes a tour of the museum and the
making and packaging individual vials of hand lotion. Ideal for scout
groups, camps, and homeschool groups. Topics can be tailored to the
interest or area of study of the group. Cost is $6 per person making
lotion and $3 for accompanying chaperones. Please contact the Curator of Education to book this program.
Real Science Behind Harry Potter
year, in honor of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s birthday on July 31, the
Museum hosts special tours exploring the real world of science and medicine
behind the books. Find out if dragon’s blood and mandrake root are real
and bring a camera for great photo opportunities.
super heroes, crazy animals, and explosions have in common? A mad
scientist probably made them! In these 45 minute tours, explore where
real science and mad science collides. The tour features historic
medicines with surprising side effects. Upstairs, grups meet the Museum’s
very own mad scientist bringing to life some hands-on experiments and the
science behind them. Cost is $6 per person ages 5 and up. Girl
Scout and Boy Scout groups welcome (program almost completes the Brownie Home
Scientist badge). Purchase tickets through the online store.
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.
what mysteries lie behind the closed doors of four of Alexandria’s historic
sites! Attics and Alleys is a three-hour walking tour featuring the
rarely seen spaces of four sites—the Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum,
the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Carlyle House Historic
Park—revealing the remnants of stories otherwise hidden. This
behind-the-scenes access is in honor of National Preservation Month
(May). Purchase tickets through the online store.
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. Kids who love Harry Potter can also choose the “magical” birthday
party, which highlights ingredients found in the Harry Potter series. The
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.