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An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.


Admission to the Workhouse Arts Center is free, donations are accepted.
Click here to learn about how you can help support the Workhouse. 

Studio & Gallery Hours

Wed-Sat: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Classrooms are open during scheduled class times.

Prison Museum Hours

Wed-Fri: 12-3pm
Sat-Sun: 12-4pm


Inclement Weather Policies

The Workhouse Arts Center has two inclement weather policies, one for scheduled classes & workshops, and another for the Workhouse campus and administration.

Workhouse Classes & Workshops 

The Workhouse Education program (classes, workshops, camp) follows the inclement weather policy for Fairfax County Public Schools. If FCPS has implemented inclement weather action and has delayed/closed the public schools and/or programs, the Workhouse Education program will also cancel classes unless otherwise stated on the Workhouse homepage. Click here to view the FCPS website. 

Delays/Early Closure Policies: If FCPS has a delayed opening of 1 or 2 hours, all classes starting prior to 10AM are canceled. If FCPS has a delayed opening of 3 hours, all classes prior to 11AM are canceled. If FCPS has an early closure, all classes after 3PM will be canceled. If you are concerned about whether or not your class or workshop will take place, please call our main line at 703-584-2900 and/or contact your instructor. 

Workhouse Campus (Galleries, Artist Studios, Prison Museum and Performances) & Administration 

The Workhouse galleries, artist studios, and administration follows the inclement weather policy for Fairfax County Government. If the Fairfax County Government offices are closed due to inclement weather, all Workhouse studios, galleries, the prison museum and administrative offices are closed to the public. If the campus is closed to the public, all performances, activities, classes and workshops are also canceled. If Fairfax County Government is already closed (such as holidays or weekends) a notice will be posted on the Workhouse homepage and every attempt to contact students, instructors and ticket holders will be made. Click here to view the Fairfax County Government website. 


The Workhouse campus, studios, galleries and administrative offices are closed to the public on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Christmas Eve (after 1pm), Christmas Day, New Year's Eve (after 1pm). Only buildings with special performances, events or activities scheduled to occur will be open during those holidays.