Renting the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is a dramatic and memorable site for wedding ceremonies, receptions, parties and seminars. This historic building is a beautiful setting for any event. You and your guests can enjoy a special art exhibit amidst one of the few remaining examples of neo-classical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria. Whether for business or pleasure, hosting your event at this historic landmark will create the memories of a lifetime.

The exterior features four soaring Doric columns across the portico and walls of stucco over stone and brick. The elegant rooms have 24-foot high coved ceilings, enormous windows and beautiful woodwork. There are two galleries on the main floor. Located on the lower level, with original exposed granite walls, is a large room that your caterer may use as a food preparation area, plus two restrooms.

Viewing the Athenaeum
The Athenaeum is available for viewing during gallery hours or by appointment. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The Athenaeum is closed on holidays.

Reserving the Athenaeum
Renters of the Athenaeum must be members of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association at the Supporter level ($100) or above. Renters must review and sign the Rules and Regulations for Renting the Athenaeum. Reservations are complete with the return of a signed contract, 50% deposit, and $500 refundable security deposit. Final payments are due 60 days prior to event date.

Rates listed are per hour. Minimum of four hours is required for rentals. The building is not available for rent Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. Please contact the Athenaeum to check availability for your event. Registered non-profit organizations should inquire about discounted rates.

March–June, September–October
Monday–Thursday: $250/hour
Friday and Sunday: $350/hour
Saturday: $450/hour

November–February, July–August
Monday–Thursday: $150/hour
Friday and Sunday: $250/hour
Saturday: $350/hour

Standing reception in galleries: 150
Seated dinner: 80
Seated dinner with dance floor and band: 40
Classroom style: 110
Courtyard: 35

Room Sizes
Main gallery: 1176 sq ft
Rear gallery: 238 sq ft
Rear hall: 80 sq ft
Total upstairs: 1494 sq ft

To set up a viewing appointment or to reserve the Athenaeum, please e-mail or call 703.548.0035. Please send all correspondence to 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314 or send us a fax at 703.548.0456.

Please click the link below to download an informational packet containing the Rules and Regulations for Renting the Athenaeum, membership form, and more:
Athenaeum Rental Packet

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