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Torpedo Factory Art Center

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Neighborhood: Old Town
Art galleries, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
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Address: 105 N Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: +1 703-838-4565
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Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Shopping
Description: Art in Person and in Progress. Located in Old Town Alexandria, the...
Art in Person and in Progress. Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to 150+ working artists, 6 galleries, The Art League, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
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Lots of great art

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this place. There are lots of different types of art. It was exciting to see people creating and talking about their art. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
67 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this place. There are lots of different types of art. It was exciting to see people creating and talking about their art. The factory has 3 floors with lots of rooms on each floors. I will definitely go back if I am in the area.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Interesting place to visit on a rainy or cold day. A whole range of artists have studios with a whole range of skills, in my opinion. Some of the artists play to the audience, with work that may be closer to "craft" than 'art' Others seem to be there since they can afford the studio rather than deserve the studio.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It was fun. So much to see. Nothing to dislike. We went there because our granddaughter's art class had an exhibit there.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

It is a fun place to wander around and visit different artists' studios and shops. The artists are very friendly and answered all the questions I had about some of their work.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The renowned art on display and up for sale is fantastic, however a bit over priced. As an artist I really enjoy seeing what others create and this is certainly the place to explore an eclectic selection of artwork. Old Town Alexandria has a flair for attracting musicians, artists, antique dealers and global wares in chic boutiques from all walk... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The old torpedo factory has been converted into an art centre. Wander through and watch artists at work, and buy some of the lovely things they've created. If you're after paintings or hand crafts, you'll be spoilt for choice.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Torpedo Factory is not worth the trip. It has deteriorated wretchedly. The building probably needs a safety inspection.

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Alexandria, VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Working artists display and selling their work. Check out the art league gallery for some deals on emerging artist works.

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Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The venue itself is super interesting, then add in that local artists work and sell their product here, and you've got a few hours of entertainment. The location, right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria on the waterfront, is convenient and adds to the fun of visiting this place.

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It's exactly what it sounds like. And if you love art, and particularly framing artwork like my eclectic wife, you'll love this place. But bring your checkbook. And your life savings. Because this stuff is really expensive! But its still nice to visit!

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