Five reasons Harry Potter fans love Alexandria’s Apothecary Museum

For fans of the Harry Potter movies and books who wish they could step into the potions classroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, may be the next best thing.

The Apothecary Museum, which dates back to 1792, is one of the oldest pharmacies in the nation and offers Harry Potter fans a chance to step back in time and see the pharmacy exactly as it was when it closed in 1933. You’ll also learn about the real-life ingredients used throughout the 1800s that are “potion” ingredients in the Harry Potter books and movies.

As fans get ready for both the highly anticipated release of J.K. Rowling’s new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II”—the script of a play by the same name opening this summer in London—as well as Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, here are our top five reasons why you will love the Apothecary Museum.

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Video: See the Cast of PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria

If you can’t wait to see your favorite characters from PBS’ Mercy Street on-screen again, we’ve got you covered. This fall, some of the cast members and producers of Mercy Street toured Alexandria with us, which you can see in the videos below.  With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the city that inspired the series and retrace the steps of the stars of Mercy Street in Alexandria. Keep reading to see what the cast thought about our city! (spoiler alert: they thought it was “extraordinary”)

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Take Alexandria’s New Mercy Street Inspired Self-Guided Tour

The stories of PBS’ Mercy Street live in Alexandria. Now that you’ve seen the show, you can explore the real sites, stories and people that inspired the series right here in Alexandria.

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Medicine and Mercy in Alexandria: The Real Apothecary

After watching PBS’ Mercy Street, some of you are asking if that’s really what it was like during the Civil War, particularly in regards to medicine and medical treatments. Keep reading to learn why the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ and how you can explore more by visiting the sites in Alexandria that inspired the series.

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