National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum's collection features 4,500 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin, along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., In a landmark building near the White House.
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  • Richard C
    781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See Destination
    The National Museum of Women in the Arts is open again after a period of renovation. If you are in DC to enjoy the arts, this is a must see destination. It's here that you'll find a dazzling display of work and leave simultaneously inspired and questioning the representation of artists in many other museums. There is an impressive permanent collection that add to understanding of art history and an important display of contemporary art. Walk in wondering what's inside, and you'll walk out in wonder.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Zoom_Gotti
    Henderson, Nevada1,557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Showcase For Women Artists
    Interesting works in a beautifully renovated former Freemason temple. Exclusively devoted to womens works. Four stories of art with a fifth floor for performances. The Murano chandelier over the information kiosk is outstanding. I particularly liked the paintings in the special Hung Lui exhibit. Also there are a number of Alison Saar sculptures. See Cindy Sherman put herself in the frame. If you have almost any other museum membership, admission is free. So bring that info along.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Mike G
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A different but interesting take on the arts in a city full of museums
    Recently renovated and reopened this place should certainly be a on your list to see. Lots of women’s art from numerous eras provide a comprehensive view of what female artists have contributed. Of particular interest is the second floor devoted to contemporary sculpture.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 24, 2023
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Dorothy M
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
In a city full of (mostly) free entry museums, you light wonder whether you should pay to visit this one. The answer is yes! Purely devoted to celebrating the contributions of women in the arts, this museum offers a range of permanent and visiting exhibits and hosts a number of events. The soaring architecture and lavish interior are the perfect environment to really consider a work. This is a serious museum though, with quiet spaces given to contemplation, so in my opinion it’s not a good option for younger children. There is a small cafe open for lunch daily, but the menu is limited. With the centrally located and metro-accessible address, though, there are plenty of meal options and hotels all around.
Written February 12, 2020
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Brad B
Rockville, MD335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
This is a terrific museum. All works are by women. There are a few floor to explore in this stunning building (taking in the building by itself is worth admission).

The galleries have restricted number of patrons at a time due to covid. So, get an early entry ticket or you may have to wait in a que until occupancy allows more visitors.

Working your way up seemed to avoid lines and crowds. We felt the 2 hours was enough.

Note: The library has restricted hours and is closed on the weekends.
Written April 3, 2021
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PurpleAnkh
Fort Washington, MD260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
They do a free community day on the first sunday of the month so I visited. I love mixed media art work and there was tons of it in the museum. There is even have a Faith Ringgold quilt honoring Josephine Baker. As a black women I loved and appreciated the multicultural representation. My main reason for going was the Delita Martin Calling Down the Spirits exhibit. Gorgeous building and architecture as well
Written March 1, 2020
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,557 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Interesting works in a beautifully renovated former Freemason temple. Exclusively devoted to womens works. Four stories of art with a fifth floor for performances. The Murano chandelier over the information kiosk is outstanding. I particularly liked the paintings in the special Hung Lui exhibit. Also there are a number of Alison Saar sculptures. See Cindy Sherman put herself in the frame. If you have almost any other museum membership, admission is free. So bring that info along.
Written December 5, 2023
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lalocadr19
Falls Church, VA6,577 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
Went here last summer, before it closed for renovation. I love the museum plenty of portrait to see, so many women artist.

Of my favorite Frida Kahlo I can definitely watch the portrait and enjoy the exhibit. There are also a couple of African American portrait which are great to see. I love the rubber art and the animals exhibition.

There also a woman room which has beautiful neon light and arts. Beautiful museum great to see and enjoy when it open again.
Written March 19, 2022
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Richard C
Virginia781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is open again after a period of renovation. If you are in DC to enjoy the arts, this is a must see destination. It's here that you'll find a dazzling display of work and leave simultaneously inspired and questioning the representation of artists in many other museums. There is an impressive permanent collection that add to understanding of art history and an important display of contemporary art. Walk in wondering what's inside, and you'll walk out in wonder.
Written October 28, 2023
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Mike G
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Recently renovated and reopened this place should certainly be a on your list to see. Lots of women’s art from numerous eras provide a comprehensive view of what female artists have contributed. Of particular interest is the second floor devoted to contemporary sculpture.
Written December 24, 2023
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LPS83
Woodstock, GA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
They have an amazing collection of women artist. It is amazing to see that much art, by women, in one place. The temporary exhibits are always wonderful. Although it is not free, the cost is nominal. Make sure you go to the top floor, the library there is fantastic. This is the museum that convinced my daughter to become an art historian. Say hello to Olga, she is a charming volunteer.
Written January 5, 2020
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MHM316
Long Beach, CA109 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
I was waiting for the bus when I saw the sign for the museum gift shop, took a peek and found some lovely items to purchase. The building itself is worth a look, walking into the lobby was spectacular, the information desk lady said it had been a Masonic Temple. The art exhibits and sculptures date back from around 1640 to now, throughly enjoyed their exhibits. Very talented women artists. The 2nd floor is closed for renovations but the other four are open. It was an unexpected pleasure, a nice break in the afternoon. They do charge a fee.
Written October 21, 2014
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Herstory_62
Philadelphia, PA546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
One of my favorite New Yorker cartoons shows a group of cavewomen, draped in leopard skin togas, standing in front of the ancient cave paintings of sourhern France w/ one woman turned toward the others & saying: "Have you ever wondered why none of the great artists have been men?"

Certainly that's an appropriate question for visitors to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where the finest works of art by women artists from the Renaissance to modern day restore women to their rightful place in art history. So for women & girls especially a visit to the NMWA is worthwhile - even important.

Special exhibits - some including the art of photography - always are original & insightful: Recently one focused on dramatic black/white photos by women photographers of Central Europe & another regarding the influence of the Far East on American women artists in the early 20th century expanded further the traditional Western worldview of most viewers.
Written December 27, 2012
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