The Athenaeum

  • ADDRESS:
  • 201 Prince Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • PHONE:
  • (703) 548-0035
  • Details

    The Athenaeum is a Greek Revival building built in 1851 and was home to the Bank of the Old Dominion. During the Civil War occupation of Alexandria, Federal troops commandeered the building, which they used as Commissary Headquarters for the Union Army. After the Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas, the building served as a triage facility for wounded Union soldiers.

    One of the few remaining examples of neo-classical Greek revival architecture in historic Alexandria, the Athenaeum is on both the Virginia Trust and National Register of Historic Places. Today it is an art gallery and home of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

    Open Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed major holidays.

  • Events

    2019 Athenaeum Invitational Call…

    • The Athenaeum
    • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until August 1, 2019

    The Fifth Annual Athenaeum Invitational

    The Athenaeum Invitational…

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    Fax Ayres / Photography Exhibition

    In "Fax Ayres / Photography," Ayre's employs a ‘lightpainting’ technique to embue his subjects…

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    Checks & Balances / Alexandra N.…

    • The Athenaeum
    • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday until April 14, 2019

    In "Checks & Balances / Alexandra N. Sherman," the artist stumbled onto a cache of 1930's…

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    Water Works / Lisa Tuback, Suzanne…

    • The Athenaeum
    • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until April 14, 2019

    Water Works features paintings by Lisa Tubach and Suzanne Yurdin, and large prints by…

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