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Address: 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079-3413
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+1 703-584-2900
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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Workhouse is working hard to grow its offerings. Every event just gets better. The management has worked hard to insure a wide range of events and has something for everyone... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lorton, Virginia
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Lorton, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Workhouse is working hard to grow its offerings. Every event just gets better. The management has worked hard to insure a wide range of events and has something for everyone. Take time to check it out and GO! You will not be sorry. Lorton is very lucky to have the place!

Thank JBD57
Lake Ridge, Virginia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to check out an eclectic group of artistic endeavors. Lots of special events on weekends too.

Thank mahpiyapeta
Woodbridge, Virginia
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111 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Noticed a sign for a comedy show while driving by the Workhouse so we decided to check out their Valentine's Day special. What a trip! Tix were cheap and easy to book online, they had booze, and seating was comfortable (although as I understand it, it's usually stadium seating and not tables). The host was super nice and funny and... More 

1 Thank rlwags13
Springfield, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Very nice place to watch a comedy show. Stadium seating, adult beverages, quaint. Clean, and friendly. Ample parking, well lit.

1 Thank WhaJac
Lorton, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2017

Workhouse art center saves wide variety of social, cultural, educational programs. For Halloween their haunted house was the best haunted house we ever visited. Love their farmers market. Carnival was pretty good too. Enjoyed workhouse's stand up comedy. Workhouse art center has lots of interesting classes. Among all pottery is my most favorite one. But not only this, all of... More 

Thank Soarin2016
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2016

The Workhouse is located in original buildings from the Lorton Prison. That alone is pretty cool. The Arts Center is spread out among multiple buildings and houses some fantastic artists. You can see/ purchase the art and actually meet the artists while they are working. The Workhouse has a theatre and there are always special events happening. There is even... More 

1 Thank Remaxava
Lorton, Virginia
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2016

The Workhouse Arts Center has so much to offer and appeals to so many. First it is an amazing transformation of the infamous Lorton Minimum Security facility into a first class arts/cultural center. There are also at least a dozen buildings now open to the public and each building features a different type of Art Medium. Art gallaries, Arts Education... More 

1 Thank timrizer
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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440 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Went to a friend's wedding. It was very nice. It was a smaller wedding. They had the service upstairs. Then we went downstairs for cocktails and hors de'ouvres. While we went e downstairs pictures were taken of the bridal party and then the room was reconfigured. We went back upstairs for the meal and dancing. The staff was incredibly helpful... More 

Thank Dinah Y
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Just back from a concert under the big tent. Used to be grass under there. Now it's dirt and lots of flies. Bring some bug spray and enjoy the show. It's still a great county resource. Bathrooms in building 3.

Thank jorgensen2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2016

When I moved to this area 15 years ago, this was a prison. It was a medium security prison (as far as I understand it.) It was a ghastly eyesore- a fenced compound with low brick buildings that had narrow rows of tiny windows running along the tops of the buildings. The row of windows looked suitable for ventilation and... More 

1 Thank Erica H

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