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Apothecary Museum reopening this weekend in Old Town

It’s not 1805, so the local apothecary reopening may not have the relevance it once did, but the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Old Town is rejoining several other local historic sites this weekend as it reopens for public visits.

The apothecary at 105 South Fairfax Street was once the go-to spot for medicine, farm equipment, and other necessities. The apothecary was converted into a museum in 1939 and purchased by the city in 2006.

According to the city:

Starting on July 11, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will reopen for guests, joining Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, and Friendship Firehouse Museum. Alexandria Black History Museum, Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, and Freedom House Museum remain closed for ongoing renovations.

The Apothecary Museum will offer two different tour experiences — a self-guided tour for $5 per adult, $3 per child (5-12) of the first floor including a souvenir booklet or a guided tour for $8 per person ages 5 and up of the 2 floors of the Museum. Current City of Alexandria COVID policies will be in effect.

According to the city website, the current exhibit profiles how pharmacies got around the restrictions of prohibition.

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