Historic, beautiful, intimate, and inviting, the Athenaeum is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). The NVFAA strives to establish premier arts programs that enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and beyond. Whether presenting exhibitions featuring prominent regional artists or performances by top musicians and actors, we invite you to come inside and enjoy the arts in our magnificent building.
Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12–4 pm and Saturdays from 1–4 pm.
The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission to the gallery is free.
The Athenaeum is the only historic building in Old Town open to the public free of charge not owned by the government. Please help us maintain this historic treasure and keep it filled with wonderful arts programming. In addition to receiving your donations, Spring2Action rewards us based sheer number of givers—so please take a moment and make a contribution right now. Donate now!
Presenting the 2017 Athenaeum Invitational: GLOW
La Zona Rosa
Our annual La Zona Rosa Membership celebration is a can't miss event! Photos courtesy of Sarah Marcella Hallee at Sarah Marcella Creative.
January 30, 2015
Washington Post - Michael Gessner and Joanne Kent
December 26, 2014
Washington Post - Preserving Our Heritage: Native and Heirloom Plants
September 25, 2014
YouTube - Alexandria Banned Books Week READ-OUT
September 6, 2014
Washington Post - Watercolors, silkscreen, portraiture in Alexandria
July 21, 2014
As You Wish - An intimate wedding in Alexandria, VA
November 14, 2013
Washington Post - 'Portent' at the Athenaeum in Alexandria
May 31, 2013
Washington Post - Hair Apparent Opening Reception
May 13, 2013
Alexandria Gazette - 'My Forever Home'
March 26, 2012
Washingtonian Bride & Groom - Real Wedding: Beth & Robert