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The Athenaeum is a beautifully preserved building, now serving as an art gallery. One of only two remaining examples of Neoclassical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria, its exterior features an impressive portico supported by soaring Doric columns. Oversized windows bring natural light to the main gallery rooms, which boast 24-foot ceilings, wonderful woodwork, and exposed granite walls lined with rotating art exhibits. Your ceremony can be held in the sweet, private courtyard. This quaint, romantic space has a “secret garden” feel, sheltered from the street by high, vine-covered red brick walls.
Please note wheelchair access is available only on the main floor.
A/V equipment is available but limited.
Viewing the Athenaeum
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.
Reserving the Athenaeum
- Rental Fee: The venue rental fee is $250/hour Monday–Thursday, $395/hour Friday & Sunday, $495/hour on Saturday, and $550/hour on federal holidays. A 4-hour minimum rental is required.
- 501(c)(3) organizations receive a 20% discount on hourly rental rates.
- An additional $150 cleaning fee and Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) membership (at the Supporter level [$100] or above) are required for all single-date rentals.
Seated Ceremony Indoors: 60 people indoors
Seated Ceremony Outdoors: 50 people outdoors
Cocktails, etc. (to resume in July 2021): 90 people standing
Receptions Indoors (to resume in July 2021): 60 people seated
Receptions Outdoors (to resume in July 2021): 30 people seated
Meetings: Total meeting capacity for this venue is 60.
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