Renting the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum has been listed as one of Virginia Living’s Top Wedding Vendors 2018!

The Athenaeum is a dramatic and memorable site for wedding ceremonies, receptions, parties and seminars. This historic building is a beautiful setting for any event. You and your guests can enjoy a special art exhibit 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.

The exterior features four soaring Doric columns across the portico and walls of stucco over stone and brick. The elegant rooms have 24-foot high coved ceilings, enormous windows and beautiful woodwork. There are two galleries on the main floor. Located on the lower level, with original exposed granite walls, is a large room that your caterer may use as a food preparation area, plus two restrooms.

Viewing the Athenaeum
The Athenaeum is available for viewing during gallery hours or by appointment. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The Athenaeum is closed on holidays.

Reserving the Athenaeum
Renters of the Athenaeum must be members of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association at the Supporter level ($100) or above. 

Standing reception in galleries: 150
Seated dinner: 80
Seated dinner with dance floor: 60
Classroom style: 110
Garden: 55

Room Sizes
Main gallery: 1176 sq ft
Rear gallery: 238 sq ft
Rear hall: 80 sq ft
Total upstairs: 1494 sq ft

To set up a viewing appointment or to reserve the Athenaeum, please e-mail or call 703.548.0035. Please send all correspondence to 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314.

Click here to download our current rental contract which contains detailed information about renting the Athenaeum, including our current rates.

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