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 125 people for a standing reception or 80 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 through mid-2021 dates, we will be renting for smaller gatherings and ceremony-only weddings. We can accommodate a ceremony for 26 to 30 people in the courtyard and 40 people in the Athenaeum gallery (capacity subject to state and local health guidelines). All of our rentals include the Athenaeum building and courtyard .

As always, rental inquiries are handled on a case-by-case basis and we will be happy to discuss your individual needs.


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: $275

  • Friday and Sunday: $445

  • Saturday: $545

  • Federal Holidays: $600*

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 Event/Party in Galleries: 125

  • Seated Dinner: 80

  • Seated Dinner with Dance Floor: 60

  • Lecture Style: 90

  • 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 restrooms are downstairs and are not accessible.