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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 5 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
63 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Every time we come to Alexandria we love to visit the Torpedo Factory. This last time we found that there are many more galleries. Studios where the artist are working and can be seeing their craft being produced. Not only the paintings, drawings and sculptures, but mainly the ceramics are impressive. Even if you do not have a car, it... More

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Central Pa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The variety of artwork and craft items in this location is stunning! We rarely get to Alexandria that we don't make a stop at the Torpedo Factory.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A great place to get a gift for someone who has everything! I love buying from local artists and craftsmen and this is the place to find both. 3 stories of studios in a very interesting setting.

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Potomac, Md
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69 reviews 69 reviews
11 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is an old factory with a wide variety of artist's studios where you can watch the artists work and purchase items. Many interesting studios. You are sure to see something you really like and much to pique your interest. One note, not all studios are open all the time. If you go on a weekday quite a few studios... More

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Alexandria, VA
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247 attraction reviews
350 helpful votes 350 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

The Torpedo Factory at end of King Street in Olde Town Alexandria is the signature attraction of The city. It faces the Potomac River on one side and is surrounded by unique shopping. We walked around it today watching the world class artisans at work. There are only a handle of places in America where you can find other artisan... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We rented the space for our company dinner, and they allowed us to cater in. It was a really unique, fun place to visit, and we saw a lot of really cool pieces in the many studios that were there.

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Alexandria, VA
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507 reviews 507 reviews
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

At the end of King Street on the water, the Torpedo Factory is a delight discovery for the visitor to Old Town. An old factory that manufactured torpedoes at the end of World War I, was mothballed and then reactivated for World War II, it became an eyesore among the old warehouses in the heart of Alexandria. It was resurrected... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Torpedo Factory is a former torpedo factory. It has been re-purposed into a variety of art galleries. We always love visiting the Torpedo Factory to browse, this time it was a little more meaningful as we were in the market to potentially make a purchase. If you are looking for art to buy, this is your place. There are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you're looking for something to fill a space on a wall, check out the Torpedo Factory. It's filled with artist studios and an almost overwhelming amount of artwork. I went on a rainy day so wasn't able to take advantage of the walk along the water but did enjoy visiting the three floors of studios in the factory. One... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Here's a one stop shopping center for artworks from paintings to sculptures, from print to photography, from one-of-a-kind RTW to porcelain. Some really unique pieces but can be pricey. Regardless whether you buy or not, it is an enjoyable place to browse through its boutiques and galleries replete with art by local artists.

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