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Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria

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Art in Person and in Progress. Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to 165 working artists, seven galleries, The Art League, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Free admission.
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  • We walked down to the art gallery from our hotel to site see. This place was great! So many different types of art and most for sale. My daughter bought a painting from a shop. It is an awesome keep s...  more »
  • We spent some time touring the various artists here and found several unique and interesting booths. Artists using several mediums were exhibited here and well worth time to visit.  more »
  • Lots of interesting pieces to view. We especially enjoyed the ostrich and the giraffe. It is a great place to watch the artist work. Enjoy the atmosphere leisurely.  more »
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  • If you are visiting old Town Alexandria (especially summer months)and need place to cool off from all sightseeing this place may be it if you enjoy arts. Soak in enormous artistic talents of local artists and many medias..this place has it all. It's quite unique and views from art studios are better then one from crowded harbour deck below it's building. It's free to enter. Amazing gift to take home with you.
  • I am really glad we have a place like this outside of DC to enjoy local art/artists. It's especially interesting to meet the contributors as you visit and view the exhibits from their actual studio spaces. Bring your pocket book- purchasing the art is very pricey - probably too pricey for the average person (me)- but fun to look at nonetheless. It's equally nice that it's right on the Alexandria/Potomac waterfront. Enjoy an ice cream, street performers and water views after your Torpedo Factory tour. You can even buy tickets for a water taxi tour. Immediately surrounding restaurants, i.e. The Chart House are on the upscale side, but you can also grab casual bites all up and down the surrounding blocks and enjoy specialty shops and a walking/biking trail depending what you are up for. Prepare to walk a little if you drive over- parking is usually tough on the weekends.
  • The Torpedo Factory is such a huge part of Alexandria's history that you just have to stop in to see it. Yes you will see a torpedo inside too! It is totally free to come in and the best part is they have a plenty of public bathrooms! The building opens up on the waterside and also street side so it can handle the heavy tourist traffic. There are 3 floors of galleries and working art studios here so you'll def find something that interests you even if you don't decide to purchase anything. They also got historical rooms with artifacts and readings about the area if you're into that sort of thing.
  • Nice little local artist gallery to visit if you're walking down to the water in Alexandria. Lots of people watching and a good place that cuts thru to the boardwalk. Really popular during the summer.
  • A nice and unique experience. There are numerous artists of various art forms and their works are for sale. I saw a few items that I liked but most were out of my current price range. I'll likely go back in a few months.

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Where to stay in Alexandria

Old Town boasts a number of high-end hotels that provide easy walking access to some of Alexandria's most popular restaurants, bars, and attractions. However, these are not typically budget-friendly; those looking to save a few dollars should consider a hotel or motel located on Jefferson Davis Highway. Though not technically within the city boundaries, these accommodations are considerably cheaper and often within walking distance of the metro. Alexandria is also home to a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are located inside historical buildings.
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