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

I was incredibly disappointed with my experience here for many reasons. First, the layout of the museum was very confusing and there was little to no directions posted inside and contradictory information as to where exhibits were and what floors were open. Secondly, and most...More

Thank RachelBlair
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As parents of a young (10) girl who loves to draw, paint & create, this was a must see for us on our spring break trip with her. It didn't disappoint. In fact we wound up browsing the collections for longer than we had probably...More

Thank KPMcClave
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Museum is a jewel for people who want to learn in every piece of art you'll see and to really understand part of our human history that we almost don't study at all: Women. It had an exposition of the genius Simone the Beauvoir...More

Thank Rajesh C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to say this was pretty low on the list when I was planning my trip! I'm SO GLAD we decided to go because it's on of my favorite places I've seen in DC. It has a broad range of art and is very...More

Thank Haleigh H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is small in size compared to a Smithsonian art museum. Nevertheless, it contains magnificent art from the 16th through the 20th centuries and a number of contemporary pieces, all created exclusively by women. I thought I would spend an hour, but was captivated...More

Thank LouisM565
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I was drawn to this museum to pay homage to women artists. The lady at the front was very helpful telling me all there was too see. I enjoyed most of it....I social exhibit was not my taste but I still checked it out. Did...More

Thank BritVeggie
Reviewed 17 June 2017 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 10 June 2017 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 6 June 2017

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.

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