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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  • To think this was an actual factory during war years - thank you Alexandria for saving the history. It has become an eclectic place for tourists and art lovers.  more »
  • Whether you're shopping for decorative or functional creations, the local talent in these clustered studios and their excellent selection of wares will surprise you. I return to the Torpedo Factory ev...  more »
  • It was fun to visit because some studios where the artists were working. Every possible form of art work was available for admiration and sale. The artists were friendly and proud to show their work. ...  more »
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  • A must place to go if you are an art lover, do take some extra time to visit the Torpedo Factory. Each of the shop has it's own unique style and it displays the imagination of the artists. It would not be wrong if they claim to be the largest collection of publicly accessible working art studios in the United states of America. The best part of the place you get to meet the artists directly discuss things with them your ideas and watch them work. You can have your own original collections when you purchase the art.
  • If you have interest in arts, lots of art rooms or workshops and variety of stuff to get a glimpse. You would even find folks actually working on their art pieces with all their raw material in the workshop. So the experience is a step further than just observing a display of art. You might even get inspired by some ideas for your own projects.
  • Three floors of art studios, with painting, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, photography...you name it, you'll probably find it. At any given time, you'll be able to tour most of the studios, buy art, and talk to the artist. We like to go to Alexandria several times a year, and we always stop by the Torpedo Factory (named because it used to be a real factory making torpedoes...). There are plenty of restaurants nearby if you want to make a day of it. Oh, and there is a gift shop with art-related items, including puzzles and whatnot.
  • Fun place to visit and it's right on the river in old town Alexandria. I like going on a Saturday morning after the farmer's market. There's almost always live music behind the building and it's just a beautiful view of the river and marina. Of course, while inside torpedo factory, check out Susan Makara's studio.
  • Kind of a coolish bohemian style place. Lots to look at and good for a stroll. Someone should have put a food court in there. But shops have lots of fun stuff to look at.

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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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