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


Visiting the Workhouse Arts Center

Transformed from the former Workhouse prison, the Workhouse Arts Center is the perfect environment for inspiration and creativity. Stroll through our historic campus and meet more than 60 artists working on site in their open studios. Explore local, national and international exhibits in 9 galleries. View historic objects and uncover the history of the former Workhouse prison when you visit the Workhouse Prison Museum. Discover your inner artist with over 500 different arts education opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Join us for a variety of exciting live theatrical performances and concerts in our W-3 Theatre. Whether you are an experienced art enthusiasts or seeking a new adventure, you are bound to find something new to discover at the Workhouse Arts Center.