Torpedo Factory Art Center

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Nothing is more personal then the gift of art. Pick up the Art Center’s annual Holiday Helper handbook find discounts, seasonal buys, and perfect gifts, download it from or pick a copy up when you visit. It is a great opportunity to shop directly from the hand’s that made the art.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof. An Alexandria landmark for nearly 50 years, it’s the highlight of the Potomac Riverfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. Find artists actively creating work in a wide variety of media–including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture–in 72 artists’ studios. Observe the creative process and ask questions. Purchase original work for your own collection.