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Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
Phone Number: 703-584-2900
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: The Workhouse Arts Center, once a former prison, is now a flourishing arts...
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.
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This is a local gem. We went to see an exhibit of award-winning nature photography. The photos were amazing and the exhibit was free. Afterward, we toured through all of the art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a local gem. We went to see an exhibit of award-winning nature photography. The photos were amazing and the exhibit was free. Afterward, we toured through all of the art studios. They are organized by type. One is all glassworks, another is clay, others are mixed media. The rule is that you can enter any studio room if... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I Really enjoyed touring the few studios open before the concert. The band was great. A Who Tribute. But there was not any beer and wine as depicted on the web site. Food non existence - one pork bbq food truck. If you come to a concert bring your own food and drink. If you came to see art. It... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Lorton Prison on RT. 123 was a dismal looking place that over the years houses all kinds of prisoners from woman protesting for the vote to common and sometimes dangerous criminals. It was closed a number of years ago but instead of tearing it down, major portions of it were turned into a place for artists of all kind to... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The Workhouse Arts Center is on the site of the old Lorton Prison and encompasses half a dozen refurbished and air conditioned brick buildings. Studio and gallery hours are Wed-Sat 11-6, and Sunday 12-5. There is a Prison Museum on-site, although we didn't go there. Its hours are Wed-Fri 12-3, and Sat-Sun 12-4. There is no admission charge for the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My partner and I have attended the 4th of July fireworks show at the workhouse a couple of times and have had a blast. Parking can be a challenge but the view it totally worth it!!!

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Fort Belvoir, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This old prison workhouse looks straight out of a Stephen King novel. But don't judge the book by its cover. Once inside, the renovated interiors reveal local artists and a the Metropolitan School of the Arts. Tip: During warmer months, a mini farmers market is open Wednesdays(day subject to change)

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

In past years I've enjoyed exploring the varied types of art including pottery, paintings, drawings, and wearable art in the rooms and displays, and I've purchased and commissioned some wonderful paintings from a local artist who had a room here, but I agree with other reviewers that currently the center needs organization. A recent visit was similar to one I... More 

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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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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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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