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National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Address: 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20005
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Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, the National Museum of Women in the...

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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Brilliant and Eye-Opening Small Museum

This is a must-stop whenever I'm in DC. Women artists from the 1600s to the present--not your same-old same old. Famous famous paintings you didn't realize were here, Kahlo... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must-stop whenever I'm in DC. Women artists from the 1600s to the present--not your same-old same old. Famous famous paintings you didn't realize were here, Kahlo, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Remedies Varo, Suzanne Valedon, plus amazing younger women to discover. Takes 90 minutes--love a small museum. GREAT gift shop too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted my daughter who lives in the DC area to know about this place. The library and exhibits are eclectic representing mostly modern themes. We also liked the store. Staff, volunteers and other patrons were pleasant - my daughter got an important phone call and no one told her to "take it outside."

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The various art displays at the Museum, I found to be unimpressed and very few. The museum has three floors of display items that I found to be quiet boring. I was very surprised to find that the displays were so sparingly and extremely plain. The building itself is very beautiful and neo-classic , inside; it would be a beautiful... More 

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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I visited with my wife while visiting DC. The museum is pretty but lacks material. There is only a handful of paintings and other types of pieces to see. The gift shop is a nice one however.

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Stacy M, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Women in the Arts, responded to this review

Dear EdgarJLR, We are sorry to hear that you caught us during a gallery changeover. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit in the future to explore more of our collection and exhibitions. Best, Stacy Communications & Marketing Manager More 

Signal Mountain, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

So lovely to be submerged in art created by women, mostly of women, and for women. Attention to detail was so impressive and the building was beautiful. What a gift to the nation to have this in D.C. Must see

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This museum is housed in the old Mason's temple, once a bastion of white males, how ironic. Anyway, the architecture is magnificent. Some of the older art and contemporary sculpture is very nice. Didn't care for the wall of old tires.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Loved this place. Great exhibits. Well-curated and displayed. Suggest allocating two to three hours, minimum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Private museum, has a fee to enter. But, worth it. Really enjoyed the experience. Quite a range of artists and styles. The place needs some up-keep. The soiled and dirty carpet, the holes in the wall and such is a bit sad,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The building itself is beautiful marble and there is a cafe inside. The works range from 1600's to today with more modern pieces than otherwise. There is an impressive pop-up (3D) collage exhibit on the main floor. It's not too big, you can see all the floors in a reasonable amount of time. There are works that you may or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This Museum is in a beautiful, light-filled building, with plenty of marble and staircases. The artwork is varied, and an effort is made to showcase little-known artists, and artists from all over the world, especially those from the US. The restaurant is lovely. Ideal for a leisurely 2 hours visit.

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