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Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
Phone Number: 703-584-2900
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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From Ashes to Art- Picturesque Local Venue for Flavorful Classes, Exhibits and Shows

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Erica H
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Marietta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is quite a story - at one time this rather large collection of buildings was a prison that kept their inmates busy by working on the buildings - making the bricks and operating a farm and selling the produce. Fast forward to now and several of the remaining buildings are being converted into incubation sites for several different types... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent about an hour strolling through the art studios on a late Friday afternoon. Impressed with the diversity of type of art. I especially liked the textile building. We were too late to enjoy the museum. It closes at 3pm. Love the adaptive use of an old prison!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Based in the former Lorton Prison, this arts center both attracts practicing artists and students where their efforts are on display. There is also a theater that puts on plays and comedy open mike programs, classes in ballet for children, and a whole host of classes and programs for budding artists. My favorite workshop is the one specializing in glass.... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

You MUST take the time to visit this incredible art community when in Northern Virginia.. We knew this place when it was the prison, and drove past it many times. When I heard years later that it was restored into a working art community, I made a point to go back to the area to visit. What an educational and... More 

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Thank Susank G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Beautiful place to visit! From being a famous Lorton prison to a really just cool art community . Easy access to 95 just a nice place to see.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Although the curators don't shy away from the prison legacy, it's not haunting and overwhelming. The property lives up to its new purpose, and there is nearly always some community or hosted event taking place that's worth the visit. We've been a couple of times for different events, and have been impressed each time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice venue for outdoor markets, photograph and other art-centric exhibits, and even small concerts. I went here with friends, and we all had a good friends!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Take a prison and turn it into an artists colony. They did it . All kinds of arts and craft opportunities and exhibits . Close to I95 and Occoquan. Farmers market (small) in season weekly. Need some restaurants. Plenty of free parking.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

A former jail where the cell-blocks are converted into artists studios. In a way, the location is more neat than the actual artwork and studios! They offer classes, there's a tiny theater, and you can buy everything that you see on display.

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