Browse Fairfax County's many outdoor activities, from hiking and biking trails to zip lining and quiet park areas. Plus, camping, boating, fishing and more!
Your handy guide to everything Fall in Fairfax County! 🍂
Browse the TravelFX Blog for more inspiration on fun things to do in Fairfax County!
Scare up some Halloween fun in Fairfax County this fall at some of our events.
From Fall Festivals to Oktoberfests, here's what to do this September in Fairfax County.
Hit up the best leaf peeping spots in Fairfax County using our suggestions as a guide.
Find a pet-friendly spot in Fairfax County!
Find hotels close to a Metro station.
Looking for a hotel in a specific area? Use our handy hotel map!
Next happy hour? Try some of the local breweries & brewpubs!
Find outdoor dining at your favorite restaurants this summer!
From K-BBQ to double-fried chicken, enjoy the DC region's unofficial "Koreatown."
Fly to Fairfax County!
From metro stations to hotels to attractions, find the map you need most.
Carry all there is to see and do right in the palm of your hand.
Explore some of the many sites and attractions in the Washington, DC region virtually to help you plan your trip.
From Civil War battlefields to DC monuments, here's your guide to the area.
The urban center of Fairfax County, Tysons is a destination of its own.
< Back to Results

Lucy Burns Museum

  • Address:
    9601 Ox Rd
    Lorton, VA 22079
  • Phone:
    (703) 495-0001
Overview
Map
Amenities
Yelp
TripAdvisor

In 2018, the Workhouse Arts Center completed renovation of a 10,000 square foot barracks building on campus to house the Lucy Burns Museum. The museum is open and in an installation of professional history exhibits telling the story of the 91 years of prison history and the story of the suffragists who were imprisoned here in 1917 for picketing the White House for women’s right to vote.

The Lucy Burns Museum engages visitors in an exploration of the history of the Lorton Correctional facilities that operated for a total of 91 years from 1910-2001. From the prison’s founding by President Theodore Roosevelt during the progressive reform era to the current site adaptive reuse project, re-purposing of the property to support an innovative and growing arts center, the museum explores a vast history including an incredible cast of characters of notorious criminals, some of the biggest jazz artists of the 21st century, and activist and suffragists.

As a site on the National Historic Registry, the Workhouse legacy is rich with stories of our American heritage. Suffragists picketing the White House for women’s right to vote were imprisoned and force-fed. Civil rights activists Noam Chomsky and Norman Mailer were imprisoned after peaceful demonstrations in Washington, DC. Notorious criminals were held at the Workhouse like Watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy along with local celebrities like Chuck Brown and Petey Greene. Some of our nation’s most remarkable performers like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington performed on the site. These stories have been quietly archived and known locally. The Lucy Burns Museum allows those stories and many more to be told across the nation.

Photo courtesy Mina Habibi/Workhouse Arts Center

Attraction Details
General
  • Admission Fee: Entry to the Lucy Burns Museum is free. Tours are offered of the prison cell area at the following rates: 0-12 years old, free; over 12 years, $5. Group rates available - call 703-584-2917 for details.
  • Operating Hours: Friday, 12pm-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm and Sunday, 12pm-5pm
  • Gift Shop/Shopping On Site:
  • Restrooms Onsite:
Parking
  • Motorcoach/Bus Parking:
Accessibility
  • Handicap accessible: