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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Since we know some of you may be unable to come visit us and our exhibitions, we want our exhibitions to come to you-at home!

Our current exhibition, the “Human Condition- exploring the body as subject” is on display and artwork will be for sale until Sunday, March 22nd.

The “Human Condition- e...

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Dear Followers and Friends,

At this time the Athenaeum gallery will remain open during normal hours, however, we will be CANCELLING programming through March to reduce large gatherings as we all do what we can to slow the spreading of COVID-19. Please check our website at www.nvfaa.org for up...

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Beau Soir Ensemble Concert

Feb 28, 2020 – Feb 28, 2020

Join us as we welcome the Beau Soir Ensemble to the Athenaeum! Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, their concert will feature"Serenade" by Ludwig Beethoven in honor of his 250th birthday. This wonderful piece was originally written for flute, violin and viola, but ...

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4 months ago
Great venue! Perfect location! Amazing gallery docents👌
- Doug B
3 months ago
Such an amazing gallery and showcase of brilliant local artists
- SJ C
a year ago
The museum hosts and featured artist were quite welcoming. The artist, Elizabeth Casqueiro displayed inspiring, creative pieces!

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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