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National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3970
+1 202-783-5000
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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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  • Average9%
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1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3970
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-783-5000
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a steal. Seeing spectacular art by women from the 1600s through today was a real treat. Inspired by the strength of the collection and the expertise of the artists.

Thank phillipa525
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is currently my favorite D.C. museum. It is moving and educational to see the works of so many women artists. Their topics are so varied and their insight and skills are so amazing. Visiting this museum is always very emotional for me. I start...More

Thank pddoc2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this museum with my mother and 2 sisters. It is not a big museum but has many wonderful artists works on display. It is worth the visit.

Thank Jeanne L
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Well maintained and interesting museum which was a treat to visit alone. You need time to read, admire, and think. Not a place to drag an uninterested husband or kids.

1  Thank Judith G
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Small and stunning, art work by women, in a beautiful old building a few blocks from the Mall. Four floors of old to new art, varying in style and form, The main gallery of building itself is a work of art.

Thank AdamsDouglas
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This museum is a true jewel. It begins with the amazing building it is in. It was originally a Masonic Temple and it is magnificent, especially the main floor and Mezzanine area. The main collection is on the 3rd floor and it is fantastic. They...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

During my ticket purchase I didn't think the visit would take more than an hour. I ended up staying for 2 hours ! The museum had beautiful and a not so small collection of art ! of many artists too.

Thank Rantea7
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Surprising, refreshing, perhaps somewhat poor in the sense that there are not many paintings and works of art. But I enjoyed my visit very much.

Thank Euggen
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Some of the museums in DC are overwhelming. This is a smaller museum but lovely and educational, especially for people who don't know how many brilliant artists were women. There is a big variety of works from the 16th Century until today. You get a...More

1  Thank CobaltViolet
Stacy M, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Women in the Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2017

Dear ColbaltViolet, Thanks for your kind words about your visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. As the world’s only major museum dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions and accomplishments of women, the museum champions women through the arts by collecting, exhibiting,...More

Reviewed 11 March 2017

This museum has a very limited number of paintings of female artists from around the world. We were expecting so much more. Yes, there is one painting of many famous female artists, such as Frida Kahlo, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun, and Lee Krasner and two...More

1  Thank LiJo4145
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