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Address: 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079-3413
Phone Number: +1 703-584-2900
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11:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Remaxava
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Lorton, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank timrizer
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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 

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 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 

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Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 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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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 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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