As with most people, I rarely tour my own city, except when others come to visit. And as with many in the DC/Northern VA area, I don't often go to museums that charge a fee since there are so many Smithsonian free museums to explore.
So when a friend suggested the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a day of my "staycation" and I saw online there was a $10 admission fee, I wasn't certain it was going to be worth it. Boy, was I wrong!
This museum is LOVELY. The architecture, the exhibits, the general ambiance! I went for the current "Women Who Rock" exhibit and loved it! They have information on and artifacts from famous female rockers throughout the ages- B52s, Billie Holiday, Madonna's cone bra, Joni Mitchell, Lady Gaga's piano - you name it! Some interesting videos playing of the music, too, and some brief biography videos.
But the rest of the museum was just as spectacular. My favorite piece was by Petah Coyne - a hanging dress made of dripped wax (see photo). The Kahlo painting and Georgia O'Keefe work was also, of course, impressive.
The gift shop had some fun things in it and was not outrageously overpriced like some museum gift shops are.
I will be back!!
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