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Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
703-584-2900
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Lorton
Type: Classes/Workshops, Art Galleries
Owner description: The Workhouse Arts Center, once a former prison, is now a flourishing arts community that is home to over 100 of the finest regional artists, with a... more » Owner description: The Workhouse Arts Center, once a former prison, is now a flourishing arts community that is home to over 100 of the finest regional artists, with a rich local and national history. The Workhouse has a beautiful campus open year round to the public, with eight artist studio buildings, two main galleries, a prison museum, cafe, gift shop, art supply store, new Youth Arts Center and W-3 Theatre. New performances at the Workhouse W-3 Theatre include: Comedy Nights, a Cabaret Series, Dinner and a Movie Nights, as well as Children’s Theatre programs. The Workhouse offers over 200 educational opportunities for all age groups and skill levels. « less
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Falls Church, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We went to see the Fantasticks last night and it was great. Small theater and very intimate. We loved the play and it was very comfortable tiered seating. Great local treasure.

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Lorton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Workhouse has more to offer that what it appears at first. There are a ton of artist galleries that you can wander through and visit. They have comedy nights and art shows and events throughout the year. Google Workhouse Arts Center for a calendar of events. The area around the Workhouse is a great area for photographers and nature enthusiasts.... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The artists in residence were genuinely sincere to share their expertise on their craft and their struggles and triumphs to practice their art. The history of the center was very interesting and the docent at the small museum was very informative.

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Lorton, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is the 4th year I've been to this and just get's better every year. There's usually a good size crowd for fireworks, but local police gets you in and out pretty quickly. Come EARLY with the whole family for good music and lot's of food stands with yummy's on a stick etc. to chomp on. Stroll through parts of... More

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Arlington
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121 reviews 121 reviews
50 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Workhouse Arts Center is a complete experience -- history, great art, lovely people. We enjoyed our stroll around the former D.C. prison. Each person we met was welcoming and helpful. The artists were happy to explain their work and pleased to see us. There is absolutely no pressure, but it is difficult to leave without making purchases. The prices... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Did not see all this complex has to offer as we had been invited to see the work of a particular artist, but this place is really cool! Artists that use all sorts of medium can be found here. They have studio space in which they work and sell product. Theproper professionals who put out top quality work, so don't... More

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I love spending the day at the Workhouse Arts Center. Formerly a prison, this set of buildings has been turned into Artist Studios and Galleries. Be sure to visit the Workhouse Museum to learn the history of this Fairfax Treasure. You will be amazed by the volume of art available to look at and see artists creating their art.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This was our first visit to the Workhouse Arts Center. I went with my elementary school-aged daughter. We had a wonderful visit! It started with a walk through the Prison Museum (2 rooms). We had a knowledgeable docent; he gave us information regarding the prison's history and its relationship to the women's suffrage movement. He also shared information about the... More

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Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
47 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Great glass and ceramics. Paintings were too modern for my taste, but I think they change periodically. Nice to see and talk to working artists. Recommend spending an hour or two when going to or from Dulles.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I've been visiting the Workhouse Arts Center since it opened, and have enjoyed every trip. Wandering the artists' galleries alone can take all day, whether you're looking for inspiration or to purchase a piece. Then there are the events they hold--weekly free outdoor concerts during the summer, especially--which have all been fabulous. I've also been here for a photography shoot... More

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