The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria was built in 1918 as a US Naval Torpedo station. The factory briefly produced torpedoes then was used as a storage facility. Since the 1970's, the factory has housed an arts center, with 82 artist studios, 6 Galleries, The Art League School, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
Artists work in fiber, printmaking, ceramics, jewelery, stained glass, painting, and photography. The artists' studios are open to the public, so you can stroll through the factory and watch artists at work. Most of the work is on sale and prices are reasonable, as the work is sold directly by the artists or collectives.
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