Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit.

Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

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Additional Information

Street Parking

Street parking is available in most areas of Alexandria. Visitor parking in residential areas of Old Town is restricted to two or three hours. There is free two-hour parking on Union Street just north of the Torpedo Factory in front of Founder's Park. Metered parking is limited to two hours. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements. Parking regulations are strictly enforced.

Garage Parking

Listed below starting at the top left and going counter clockwise are the addresses and phone numbers of the parking garages nearest to the Torpedo Factory Art Center as indicated on this map. Rates vary. For hours of operation and rates, please call the numbers listed below.  
1        THOMPSON ALLEY GARAGE 703-504-7427
         10 Thompson's Alley
2        APCOA/STANDARD PARKING  703-504-7427
         220 North Union Street
3        COLONIAL PARKING 202-298-7151 & 202-298-7237
         101 North Union Street
4        CENTRAL PARKING  703-683-0401
         115 South Union Street
5        CENTRAL PARKING  703-683-0401
         110 South Union Street
*        APCOA/STANDARD PARKING 703-504-7427
         108 North Fairfax Street
* (Not shown on our map. Located below Market Square near City Hall.) Additional directions may be obtained by calling 703-838-4565.

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The Torpedo Factory has 3 levels of 82 artist studios and 6 galleries. Find where your favorite kind of art is located before your visit by checking the color coded floorplans below.

Collage/Mixed Media