Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop

Museum
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop photo
Ann Cameron Siegal
A museum that doubles as one of the nation's oldest pharmacies has exhibitions on pill- and potion-making.
April-Oct
Sun-Mon 1-5 pm
Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Nov-March
Wed-Sat 11 am-4 pm
Sun 1-4 pm
(Old Town Alexandria)
King Street (Blue and Yellow lines)
$5, $3 ages 5-12; free for children under 5
703-838-3852
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Science behind Harry Potter

The event introduces children to magical science like that mentioned in J.K. Rowling's series.
Through 12/12

Ongoing exhibits:

Shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and medicinal equipment speak to the role of medicine in early Alexandria.
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Editorial Review

George Washington and James Monroe were early patrons of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, as was Martha Washington, Nelly Custis and Robert E. Lee. The oldest in the nation, the apothecary shop opened for business in 1792 and survived the War of 1812, the 1821 yellow fever epidemic, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I. The Great Depression forced the shop to close in 1933; it reopened as a museum in 1939 and has more than 8,000 objects on display.

-- April Umminger (Friday, Feb. 5, 2010)