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An art lover's travel destination

Working artists and gallery spaces showcase all types of art: photography, ceramics, glass, fiber... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Carol B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Suffragette history in hidden treasure

At the recommendation of a couple in the park, my friend and I came to visit this former prison... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2018
Elyse B
Kitanakagusuku-son, Japan
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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...more
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9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079-3413
+1 703-584-2900
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Working artists and gallery spaces showcase all types of art: photography, ceramics, glass, fiber art, painting, sculpture, metalwork, printmaking and woodturning. Leading artists exhibitions and special international exhibitions as well as special events with musical entertainment, drama and comedy.

Thank Carol B
Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

At the recommendation of a couple in the park, my friend and I came to visit this former prison turned artist colony. We marveled at the glass, fiber, metal, and mixed media art. Best yet, we learned more about the woman's suffrage movement and how...More

Thank Elyse B
Reviewed March 10, 2018

From a dark and dank prison rose Fairfax County's premier space for everything art. Take a class, do a tour, see a concert, visit the old prison museum, and so much more! The workhouse is home to some of the top artists in the area....More

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Reviewed January 26, 2018 via mobile

We took a couple of hours to walk around and visit artists’ studios, and it was time well spent. There was a lot of high quality work on display, from pottery to sculpture, paintings, weaving, and glass work. The studios and exhibits are housed in...More

Thank SusanAndJim
Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia is a great place for a fun date night. πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’• We had a great time seeing beautiful artwork and learning how to make healthy hand-crafted cocktails! The 1910 Lorton Prison that was developed to help solve unsanitary conditions...More

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Whether you are visiting because of the art or the history, this is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Art classes and exercise classes are available too

Thank Ava K
Reviewed November 17, 2017 via mobile

Former prison now an artist colony. Classes, exhibits, stuff for sale, it is eclectic. Would be five stars if there were some restaurants adjacent. Plenty of parking. Friendly artisans and artists at every turn. Worth a couple hours of your time, and don’t miss the...More

Thank MaryandBobontheroad
Reviewed September 30, 2017

My wife and I visited after many years of "planning to visit." Ironically, my wife worked with Irma Clifton at a local, now-defunct newspaper, who, after working at the prison for a quarter century, became the leader in the effort to preserve the historic facility...More

Reviewed September 13, 2017

This places offers a lot. They offer many classes in art, cooking and exercise classes. They have performances and offer a great comedy club every month. Many of the comedian's have appeared on T.V... On fourth of July they have a big shindig.

Thank Frank W
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Though this experience is located in an historic 'prison workhouse' the adaptive use as an art center is quite varied. There are working artists or all types. Event activities for family and or individuals to just stroll and or shop.

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July 9, 2016|
Response from Chinapjs | Reviewed this property |
Plwnty of free parking. There is a small desk in the first building which gives out maps of area, event schwdules and can probably sell tickets.