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Torpedo Factory Art Center

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Neighbourhood: Old Town
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Address: 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3217
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+1 703-838-4565
10:00 - 18:00
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Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 18:00

Art in Person and in Progress.

Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Torpedo...

Art in Person and in Progress.

Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to 150+ working artists, 6 galleries, The Art League, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

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A highlight of our rainy day in Old Towne

This was a great way to escape the rain on a saturday morning. The artists were all very friendly and there were many very diverse types of art available. I strongly recommend... read more

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mattapoisett, ma
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a great way to escape the rain on a saturday morning. The artists were all very friendly and there were many very diverse types of art available. I strongly recommend visiting the archeology museum while you are there. The volunteer guide was so welcoming and interesting. Great way to spend some time out of the rain!

Thank debbythec
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are probably 60 or more local artists who have their studios in the Torpedo Factory. They represent many types of art including jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, weaving, and many others. Prices are reasonable and it is a great location right on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront.

Thank NoVaStephen
Hampton, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a great variety of arts and crafts. Very, very enjoyable. Some stuff very reasonably priced, so it is a great place to shop for gifts!

Thank Maureen23669
Dedham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great attraction with many artists under 1 roof. The only reason I am giving it a 3 out of 5 is because it is not very kid friendly. It would much more enjoyable without kids.

Thank Chad R
Monroe Twp, NJ
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

3 floor building hold more than 80 artist and their creation. To enjoy this visit will take more than 3 hours. We cannot finish but will like go again when next visit D.C.

Thank Ben R
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What an interesting collection of art displayed throughout. We were pleasantly surprised to enjoy a variety of stores and galleries. This is worth a stop. Better, linger a little longer.

Thank Grateful_Sojourner
Annandale, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must when visiting Old Town Alexandria. It has various studios from local artists. You will find something for every art lover, from photos to paintings, jewelry to sculptures. In addition, you can sit and enjoy a snack at the lower level cafe. They also have great classes if you have time to plan in advance. There is... More 

Thank MPPK2013
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fascinating locale was a Navy torpedo manufacturer during the First & Second World Wars. Small, interesting exhibit on this. Today it's home to dozens of painters, sculptors, arts & crafts specialists working live in their studios before your eyes. To its rear is the Alexandria waterfront, filled with street artists during good weather, and good restaurants all-weather. To its front... More 

Thank Edward M
South Orange, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The largest open studio center in the US, this is a great place to wander through admiring a broad range of art from local artists, many of whom are around to speak with you and share their thoughts and stories.

Thank David N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Manufacturing torpedoes for WWI and WWII, this converted factory now houses a large group of small artist stores where you want engage in and watch these talented artists create. Throughout the art center are historical photos and information about the munitions and at least two torpedoes are displayed. Upstairs is the city’s historical office/display.

Thank MarJan6861

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