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Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079-3413
+1 703-584-2900
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Great use of historical site

Former prison now an artist colony. Classes, exhibits, stuff for sale, it is eclectic. Would be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
The arts and a history lesson in one visit

My wife and I visited after many years of "planning to visit." Ironically, my wife worked with Irma... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
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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, 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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079-3413
+1 703-584-2900
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 30 September 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 14 September 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 8 September 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.

Thank T8769CJdonnar
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Located on the grounds of the Occoquan Regional Park you will find one of the last of nine brick kilns and brick smokestack chimney. The kiln is referred to as the. The bricks were placed in the kiln and were baked using coal fires. These...More

Thank ITRT
Reviewed 24 May 2017

A variety of arts to view. They offer concerts, comedy shows and more all year long. Often the Workhouse has a special event every week.

Thank KAH7895
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

I like to visit here often. There is always something new. Whenever we have out of town guests, we bring them here. There are about 100 studios rented to artists of all sorts. They are all welcoming and glad to have you come into their...More

Thank waynerw2016
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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...More

Thank JBD57
Reviewed 12 April 2017

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

Thank mahpiyapeta
Reviewed 15 February 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,...More

1  Thank rlwags13
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9 July 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.