Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What are the admission fees and hours?

A:  Admission to visit the artist studios, galleries and Prison Museum is always free. Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.  Artist studios and gallery buildings are open Wednesday through Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 12 – 5pm. The Workhouse Prison Museum is open Wednesday through Friday 12 – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5pm. Hours may change during holidays; visit our Facebook page or call us to confirm operating hours during the holiday season.

Q: Where is the Workhouse located?

A:  Our address is 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079. Entrances to the Workhouse campus are on Lorton Road and Ox Road.

Q:  How do I contact the Workhouse?

A:  For general information, call (703) 584-2900, or email info@workhousearts.org.

Q:  Where can I find a map of the Workhouse?

A:  You can find a campus map in most buildings, including outside of building 16. Click here for an online map.

Q:  Is there public transportation access?

A:  If you need local transportation to the Workhouse, contact Springfield Yellow Cab at (703) 451-2255, Yellow Cab of Prince William County at (703) 491-2222, or other ride services.  Unfortunately, we are not located along a bus or Metro route at this time.

Q:  Is there parking available?

A:  Yes. Parking around the Workhouse is free, except for specific large community events.

Q:  Can I bike to the Workhouse?

A:  Yes. There is limited bike rack space available outside of building 16 and between buildings 3 and 4.

Q:  Is Wi-Fi available?

A:  Yes. You  can connect to our free guest wifi in building 16.

Q:  Are there public restrooms?

A:  Yes. Public restrooms are located in buildings W-16, W-3, and W-11.

Q:  Are there tours available?

A:  Yes. Free tours of the campus are available per reservation. All guided tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance and typically last 45-60 minutes. Call (703) 584-2900 or email info@workhousearts.org to reserve your spot!

Q:  How do I reserve a school field trip?

A:  To reserve a field trip, call (703) 584-2934 or email registrar@workhousearts.org.

The Field Trip Request Form can be found on our website, complete with the diverse field trip course offering. Please submit all forms at least one month in advance.

Q:  Is the Workhouse handicap accessible?

A:  Yes. A handicapped parking space is available in the parking lot off of Workhouse Way. Service animals are welcome in the studios, galleries, museum and theatre. A complimentary wheelchair is available in W-16 and access to the elevator in Building W-16 is near the back of the building through the Vulcan Gallery (the rest of the campus buildings are one floor only). For more information about accessibility at the Workhouse, please call (703) 584-2900.

Q:  Is there food available?

A:  Food is available for specific events, such as Fireworks and Brewfest.  At this time, there are no on-site restaurants, so guests are encouraged to pack a lunch for a casual visit.

Q:  Is there a store? Can I purchase art?

A:  Yes.  There is a gift shop located in W-16, and art can be purchased in the galleries.  To purchase or commission a work of art, please speak to any of the Workhouse artists.

Q:  What programs are offered?

A:  To see what programs are currently offered check out our course catalogue or call (703) 584-2900.

Q:  Where can I find a list of exhibitions?

A:  The most up-to-date list of current exhibitions can be found here.

Q:  What should I be sure to see when I visit?

A:  Plan your visit according to your interests! If you’re looking for a day out with the family, we host a variety of community events throughout the year such as the Workhouse Carnival, galas, 5k races, and 4th of July fireworks.  Visit us for standup comedy nights, live music, and Second Saturday Art Walks. For a drop-in visit, peruse our artist studios in W-10, W-5, and W-6, and tour the Prison Museum in W-9. Or, for a personalized look at our facility, call us to schedule a free guided tour.

Q:  Is photography permitted in the galleries and studios?

A:  No.  Photography is not permitted to protect the creative rights of the Workhouse artists. You are welcome to take private photography outside or during events.

Q:  Is sketching permitted in the galleries?

A:  Yes.  Sketching is permitted.  However, messy mediums such as paint or chalk are prohibited.

Q:  Are animals permitted?

A:  Service animals are welcome in the studios, galleries, museum, and theatre; pets are not permitted.

Q:  Is food allowed in the galleries?

A:  Food and beverages are not permitted in galleries or studios unless arranged during a reception or event.

Q:  How do I sign up for a class?

A:  You can sign up for a class online, or call (703) 584-2900.  Check our website for a full course catalogue of classes from glass art to ceramics!

Q:  How can I volunteer at the Workhouse?

A:  We love our volunteers! As a nonprofit organization, the Workhouse is always seeking volunteers to help out in the Prison Museum and galleries, and for special events like Fireworks and Brewfest.  To volunteer, check out the event pages or contact Ricki Marion at rickimarion@workhousearts.org.

Q:  How do I become a member?

A:  Our membership program, Friends of the Workhouse, is thanks to the hundreds of individuals who make charitable donations to the Workhouse Arts Foundation each year, making its arts, education, and history programs possible.  Members enjoy a variety of benefits while ensuring the Workhouse remains a vital part of our community. Membership levels range between $50 and $2,000.  Click here for more information.