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Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
+1 703-838-4565
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Ranked #1 of 4 shopping in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: This 3-story industrial-looking building was a Naval torpedo factory during World War II.  It has now been converted into one of the largest... more »
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place really was a torpedo factory for WWII. I read a novel recently, written in the early 70s, and the protagonist had an office in the building. Now it is dedicated to art and is an absolute must to visit. Best way to get there is to take a Potomac tour boat one way from Georgetown. It will drop... More

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

From pottery, to photography, to paintings, there is a little bit of everything. The Torpedo Factory Art Center affords the visitor a diverse presentation of art in its various forms. We enjoyed meeting and speaking with some of the local and visiting artists and having an opportunity to be exposed to many wonderful pieces.

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New Iberia, Louisiana
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was fun place to see. We love art and loved seeing the various styles of art. We loved seeing the artists at work and speak with them. The only negative is that not all the artists were there. You might need to go to the website to see their schedules.

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Washington DC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you have never been to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, you have to put it on your bucket list. The title explains it all - it's an old 3 story US Navy Torpedo Factory that was converted into an art center by the City of Alexandria. In exchange for great space to produce art, artists are required to hold... More

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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233 reviews 233 reviews
91 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband & I were visiting over the weekend and stepped into the Torpedo Factory to look around. The Factory is a three-stored building encompassing various artist displaying their works and eager to talk with anyone that wanders into their booth. There are booths pertaining to paintings, sculpture and pottery. We liked the paper mache elephant and giraffi that were... More

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Lawrence, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This former torpedo factory is now the home of numerous artists of various mediums: fabric, sculpture and painting. There is something there for everyone who enjoys various art forms and even those who don't. The artists are happy to discuss their work with you and more than happy to sell you something for your personal enjoyment.

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Alexandria, VA
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218 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is one of the top attractions in the entire Washington DC area. It is located right on the Potomac River and has great views of that magnificent river. The Torpedo Factory features three floors of working artists with great artwork to display and sell. Our niece enjoyed it immensely on her visit from the West Coast and bought some... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I am so glad my friend and I ended up strolling here on our walk; it is one of the treasures of Old Town Alexandria. In the back there is a beautiful view of the water, and I think I want to come back just for the neighborhood. The true excitement is inside though, where you will find stalls/shops from... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Old Town Alexandria is so full of attractions and wonderful things to do, see, taste and smell - and one of them is the Torpedo Factory Art Center. We love going there a few times a year, as the showings change and the arts and crafts are incredible. Love to see the artists themselves showing and selling their wares. Unique,... More

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jackson ms
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101 reviews 101 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stopped by on the way to lunch. This is an eclectic mix of art studios and a lot of fun to visit. My favorite was a potter/ceramic artist that had nativities, fancy rats, and party mice. Have to see them to understand but they were hilarious. There was another woman who turned light bulbs into art - painted them... More

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