We have re-opened and have resumed our normal business hours, Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 pm. Come in and see the new exhibit "Elzbieta Sikorska | Everything Is Double" !

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We hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

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Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Apr 28, 2020 – Apr 28, 2020

Virtual Program
Tuesday, April 28, formal program begins at 7 pm

City of Alexandria Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta invites residents to read poetry in celebration of the National Poem in Your Pocket day. The 2020 "DASHing Words in Motion" Poets have also been invited to read their winning poetry...

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Call For Entries: Moments in Time - A Very Weird Time

Apr 22, 2020 – Aug 14, 2020

This is a Call For Entries for our upcoming juried exhibition, "Moments in Time - A Very Weird Time."


This is a time like no other our generation has faced. It is no exaggeration to say that the pandemic has affected every one of us. It has changed how we navigate the most mundane tasks ...

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Doodles of These Times: Call for Sketches

Apr 2, 2020 – Jun 10, 2020

Doodles of These Times: Call for Sketches

Dates: April 2 through June 10, 2020

The Athenaeum will be launching an online gallery featuring Doodles of These Times

We invite artists – or anyone – of any age - to email us sketches, doodles, and other graphics that make a visual statement about yo...

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The Athenaeum will be closed for the rest of the month and through the month of April due to COVID-19. “Deborah Dana | Notes on Notes” and “Michael Spears | The Sight of Rhythm and Melody” exhibitions are postponed for a date to be determined. In the meantime, we will continue to post our art on ...

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2 years ago
All of the Athenaeum staff was excellent to work with. During the initial planning stages, Veronica and Richard were my main points of contact, both of whom were very helpful answering questions. They were happy to entertain our questions both via email and during the various trips to check out the space. The contract process was fairly straight forward and fortunately renting out the space includes both the art gallery and the outside garden (it rained on our wedding day and the ceremony was initially going to take place in the garden). A few days before the wedding, we were informed that Amanda would be the staffer on hand on the actual wedding day. I sent Amanda my proposed timeline and we reviewed it over the phone. She was willing to assist with flow of show and confirming chair and floral deliveries/set up. She advised us of some renovations that were taking place in the alley behind the garden, which is where the ceremony was originally going to take place. While the staff h...
- Ashley O
8 months ago
Great venue! Perfect location! Amazing gallery docents👌
- Doug B
8 months ago
Such an amazing gallery and showcase of brilliant local artists
- SJ C

Art Gallery & Event Venue

The Athenaeum is a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1964, it is owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) as an arts center. The artwork, all from local artists, provides a stunning and unique space to visit or hold your event.  The Athenaeum provides a beautiful location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, private and corporate rentals, workshop seminars and even live performances. You and your guests can not only enjoy a special art exhibit, but also amidst one of the few remaining examples of neo-classical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria.  Whether for business or pleasure, hosting your event at this historic landmark will create the memories of a lifetime!

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Fri:12:00 – 4:00 PM
Sat:12:00 – 4:00 PM
Sun:12:00 – 4:00 PM
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