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Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
703-584-2900
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Ranked #2 of 7 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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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Lorton, the long time DC prison, was the site of the Suffragettes incarceration and yes, torture. It has a tiny museum...but it has a big story. Scattered among the buildings are various crafters, painters, musician and dance studios. It is an interesting diversion... Desperately needs an eatery. And it needs an "organizer" and publicist. This is much like the Torpedo... More

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A great place to take kids or adults - lots of local artists and you can see many at work, or just enjoy their works (for sale). The Center offers many, many different programs, classes, one-night events - something for everyone.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We've been here at least three times, for just wandering around, or for art fairs/special events. Always enjoy the variety of art, crafts, including jewelry, textiles, pottery, fine arts. A great place to pick up gifts.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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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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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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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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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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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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