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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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  • Terrible1%
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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 had not previously heard of this museum but came across it during a recent business trip to DC - what a find! This is a "private" museum so, unlike many DC museums, there is a modest entrance fee. The collection is extremely interesting as...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Visited museum for the first time this week. Have been to DC numerous times. My sister and I really enjoyed this museum. The building is beautiful and is a great backdrop for the exhibits. There is a library and a small cafe in the museum...More

1  Thank clarkelley
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We had not been to this gallery before. The art was excellent, more focused on the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Probably because women in art were much less conspicuous prior to that. The quality of the pieces was outstanding, and the arrangement worked...More

1  Thank Dana E
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

All of the art museums in this country, and we get exactly 1 (one) for women. And it’s small, and it’s main central part is a frosted ballroom mainly used for weddings...and probably they really need that event rental income to get by, financially. Isn’t...More

1  Thank MuseumStoreShopper
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I’ve visited this museum twice in the last 10 years and both visits were worth it. It is a small museum, but the installations are great. Go and walk around and be prepared to drop some money in the gift shop. It’s worth it. We...More

1  Thank ProfAragon
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This museum is small, but had some very interesting displays. Unfortunately, they were just getting ready to open a major special exhibition and the "general exhibit" really isn't that large. I don't think it's worth $12 to visit given all of the other free museums...More

1  Thank SCalCanz
Reviewed 10 October 2017

It seems most of the collection was donated by one couple. This is NOT a great representation of women in the arts. Not one Georgia O'Keefe. If they couldn't obtain the art, they would at least represent her with an article or a book. Only...More

1  Thank DeenMerc
Stacy M, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Women in the Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Dear DeenMerc, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and for your review. I am sorry that you were disappointed during your visit. Your feedback has been delivered to the appropriate parties within the institution. The museum is pleased...More

Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

The three of us went to see an exhibit and talk with Judy Chicago, whose "Dinner Party" was a major, pathbreaking piece of feminist art back in the 70's. First, the museum was wonderful, as always. Chicago proved to be a spunky, even slightly testy...More

1  Thank jaseaton
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Spent roughly two hours here wandering through the thoughtfully laid out exhibits, which were a great mix of traditional (old world painters, ceramists, weavers etc) and contemporary works (photography, mixed media, large-scale installments). I only wish the museum was larger so we could stay all...More

2  Thank Katie D
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The museum is set in a beautiful building and the art work is beautifully displayed. Yoou can receive a free packet of the highlighted works of art and their history. If you have time, get a meal there- it was fantastic.

1  Thank Cecilia Y
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