Athenaeum - Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

Athenaeum - Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

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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 significance of the Athenaeum is threefold: it is a fine example of classical revival architecture, one of only two in the City of Alexandria; it has a long and colorful history of occupation; and it is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

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, 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 $500 refundable security deposit. Final payments and all insurance documentation are due 30 days prior to event date.

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.

Categories: Wedding Venue

Regions serviced: Washington DC

8 Reviews for Athenaeum - Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

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I chose the Athenaeum because one night while walking through Old Town Alexandria I witnessed a wedding going on. It was snowing outside but inside it was bright , warm, everyone looked so happy, and I was completely struck with how beautiful everything looked. They were my first choice because I wanted a wedding that beautiful as well. Working with the Athenaeum was great. The rental representative was professional and responsive. The price for renting the Athenaeum is on their website and you will not find a single place in Old Town more affordable than here. We had a small wedding of about 70 people but we fit comfortably to have a ceremony in the courtyard out back and a reception with a dance floor inside. You should be aware that this is an art gallery and the art changes regularly. You will have no control over what art is up the day of your wedding, but the art at our wedding was beautiful and a non issue. I actually received some compliments on choosing an art gallery as the location of the reception! While there is no dedicated parking lot, we were able to reserve two spaces out front of the Athenaeum for vendors to load and unload before and after the wedding, and it gave us a place to put the getaway car at the end of the night. Guests had no trouble finding parking, even on a busy Alexandria night due to the parking garage one block over. There were absolutely no issues fitting a buffet, a bar, a DJ, 70 people and a dance floor in the space. Check them out for sure!

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Profile Picture Rachel, 10/28/17, 6 Reviews
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue

Great place for a small Old Town wedding; we did both the ceremony and reception there (around 40 people for seated dinner and dancing with plenty of room to spare). The staff is very friendly and accommodating and the venue and surrounding historic neighborhood make for great photos. Our out of town guests made several comments about how picturesque it was and loved the location for their weekend wedding trip.

Profile Picture User4968062, 1+ year ago, 6 Reviews
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue

The Athenaeum was the perfect location for our intimate wedding ceremony. The staff was so kind, responsive, and accommodating. Richard was wonderful to work with!

Profile Picture Kristal, 8/14/16, 9 Reviews
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue
Services Used: Indoor

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201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314   See On Map
703-548-0035 (phone)