A Jewel Box of an Event Space.


The Athenaeum is a dramatic and memorable site for wedding ceremonies, receptions, parties and seminars. The upstairs galleries hold up to 90 people for a standing reception or 60 seated at tables. The charming courtyard provides a beautiful outdoor space for up to 50 people standing or 50 seated for a ceremony.

Please note that we are currently renting for wedding ceremonies only through early  2021.  We can accommodate a seated ceremony for 26 to 30 people in the courtyard and 40 people in the Athenaeum gallery. All of our rentals include the Athenaeum building and courtyard. 

The Athenaeum is available for viewing during gallery hours or by appointment. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday from 12:00pm-4:00pm. The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Advance notice for viewing the Athenaeum is appreciated.

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, Release of Liability for Renting the Athenaeum, and complete an event information form. Reservations are complete with the return of a signed contract, 50% deposit, and $750 refundable security deposit. Final payments and all insurance documentation are due 30 days prior to event date.

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Per-Hour Rental Rates

  • Monday - Thursday: $250

  • Friday and Sunday: $395

  • Saturday: $495

  • Federal Holidays: $550*

There is a 10% discount on all rentals booked through December 2020.


A $750 security deposit required.  *See contract for full details.

Room Sizes

Main Gallery: 1,176 sq ft

Rear Gallery: 238 sq ft

Rear Hall: 80 sq ft

Courtyard: 450 sq ft

Facility Capacity

  • Standing Reception in Galleries: 90

  • Seated Dinner: 60

  • Lecture Style: 60

  • Courtyard: 50 Standing

  • Courtyard: 50 Seated Ceremony

Please note that capacity will adhere to State of Virginia and City of Alexandria guidelines and is subject to change.

Please be aware that we have portable ramps to allow wheelchair access to the main floor, our rest rooms are downstairs and are not accessible.

© 2019 The Athenaeum/NVFAA   201 Prince Street

Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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