Welcome to the Athenaeum

Historic, beautiful, intimate, and inviting, the Athenaeum is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). The NVFAA strives to establish premier arts programs that enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and beyond. Whether presenting exhibitions featuring prominent regional artists or performances by top musicians and actors, we invite you to come inside and enjoy the arts in our magnificent building.

Gallery Hours
Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12–4 pm and Saturdays from 1–4 pm.
The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission to the gallery is free.

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Spring2Action 2017

The Athenaeum is the only historic building in Old Town open to the public free of charge not owned by the government. Please help us maintain this historic treasure and keep it filled with wonderful arts programming. In addition to receiving your donations, Spring2Action rewards us based sheer number of givers—so please take a moment and make a contribution right now. Donate now!

Presenting the 2017 Athenaeum Invitational: GLOW

Annual Reports

See our new 2015-16 Annual Report. Our 2014-15 Annual Report is also available.

La Zona Rosa

Our annual La Zona Rosa Membership celebration is a can't miss event! Photos courtesy of Sarah Marcella Hallee at Sarah Marcella Creative.
 

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Press

June 2015
Virginia Living - Fluid Dynamics: Light and Water Suspended in Motion at the Athenaeum (Saturate) 

January 30, 2015
Washington Post - Michael Gessner and Joanne Kent

December 26, 2014
Washington Post - Preserving Our Heritage: Native and Heirloom Plants

October 9, 2014
Alexandria Gazette - La Zona Rosa: NVFAA benefit held at historic Athenaeum

September 25, 2014
YouTube - Alexandria Banned Books Week READ-OUT

September 6, 2014
Washington Post - Watercolors, silkscreen, portraiture in Alexandria

July 26, 2014
Washington Post - Artist Francie Hester's pieces show allure of the old

July 21, 2014
As You Wish - An intimate wedding in Alexandria, VA

June 2014
Virginia Living - Elegantly Rendered (Francis Hester / Symbolic Spaces)

May 22, 2014
Washington Post - 'Words and Letters' at the Athenaeum

April 26, 2014
Washington Post - 'Louloudi,' 'Sway,' 'Two Architects - Design,' 'Atmostphere'

November 14, 2013
Washington Post - 'Portent' at the Athenaeum in Alexandria

November 5, 2013
The Lovely Find - Old Town Alexandria Wedding by Kristen Gardner Photography

July 23, 2013
Washingtonian Bride & Groom - Real Wedding: Jessica & Fred

May 31, 2013
Washington Post - Hair Apparent Opening Reception

May 13, 2013
Alexandria Gazette - 'My Forever Home'

March 26, 2012
Washingtonian Bride & Groom - Real Wedding: Beth & Robert