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Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
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Ranked #1 of 4 shopping in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A great attraction to go to! We've been there many times already, but still love to go back every time we are in town. Great art and you get to meet the artists on site. Beautiful water view even just to walk around outside. Highly recommended :)

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Alexandria, VA
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268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We live in Alexandria and come to the Torpedo Factory several times a year. Often we just roam the three floors for new pottery, paintings, etc. We occasionally buy from one exhibitor or another. Connie Slack, an artist on the third floor, has wonderful paintings. We have two of her large paintings in our living room and enjoy them very... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Great place to wander, and experience original artwork. It's a series of small studios/shops on three floors. We went on an overcast Sunday. About one third of the spaces were closed for one reason or another, yet there was still plenty to enjoy. If you venture all the way up to the 3rd floor, some of the studios on the... More

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Gloucester, VA
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20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We visited just after Christmas 201, and highly recommend this wonderful museum/gallery of artwork in Old Town Alexandria (located at the very end of King Street on the pier). So many wonderful works of art to enjoy and the building and historical exhibits were interesting as well!

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Studio City
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112 reviews 112 reviews
65 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

If you're visiting Alexandria I would highly recommend visiting the Torpedo Factory. My family and I (wife and 14 year old son) spent a couple of hours wandering through the assorted galleries and really enjoyed ourselves. This is pretty serious art by the way with many of the artists themselves present and more than willing to speak with you about... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We stopped here to pass some time before we went to dinner. It is a nice place with many studios of artists and their works that they sell. There were only a handful of shops that I would consider buying something. Not much appealed to my tastes. The items are pricey. I did like the historical aspect and "museum" on... More

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New Rochelle, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Over 60 uniquely presented art studious through three floors. Incredibly impressive pieces of work. Make it a must to visit. Deep pockets are a must.

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Brooklyn, Ohio
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I would call this place the highlight of the waterfront. The Old Town Alexandria waterfront was not what I was expecting. This place however was a little hidden gem among the other store spaces which were mostly empty or under construction. This place offers 3 levels of cubicles where you can not only by art of all types, but watch... More

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Plattsburgh, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I took a group to this center and it's ok but the items being sold are quite pricy, I feel. It was fun to browse the artists working on projects and the location is beautiful (on the water) but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. The shops on King Street we found far more interesting.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This has to be one of the coolest art museums. First of all, it is located right on the Potomac waterfront which is a beautiful location. But the best part of this museum is that you get to see all the artists working in their medium, whether it is painting, sculpting, jewelry design, etc. You can purchase their work from... More

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