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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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  • Average8%
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1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3970
Downtown / Chinatown
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was my first time visiting the museum. I was a guest for the Eleanore Roosevelt’s Human Rights Ceremony. The building is gorgeous. Not too big. The paintings did not interest me.

Thank lisathomascollins
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited this unique museum just 2 blocks north from Metro Center in D.C. Five floors of good women's art---sculpture, paintings, modern objects. It's art that I understood easily. The building has a gift shop with objects made by women, restrooms on each floor, a cafe...More

Thank J D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I never knew that women in the 1600’s were making the same kind of paintings men did. It boggled my mind. The scope was very interesting. There were exhibits that spoke to the social condition of women. A lot of that was there. What was...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

I love museums and I really really love art museums, with memberships to the Met, MOMA and the Whitney. I took for granted that historically there weren’t many women artists until I visited this museum. I was amazed and inspired by the women artists displayed....More

Thank Michele S
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

I make a point of visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts when I am in Washington, as their exhibitions offer such breadth and depth, and showcase the accomplishments of women artists of all periods and nationalities who have often been excluded from...More

Thank Sarah T
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

The show is about women artists from the 1960s to today examine the persistence of stereotypes about the house as a feminine space. It is divided into eight themes. Our group of 11 found the show dated, many of the videos outright gross or boring,...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Beautiful building. Can see everything in a half day without getting tired. Good mix of genres and mediums. Reasonable cost ($10).

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

My daughter found this museum in one of our guidebooks. We loved it. The building is spectacular- a renovated Masonic temple which ironically never accepted women. The collection is balance with portraits, fabric arts, video, photography, sculpture and more. There are four floors we toured...More

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We enjoyed this museum, but it is small. It has some special exhibits, but we all felt that their should have been more. You can tour the museum in 1-1.5 hours easily.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I love visiting this museum. The special exhibits can be challenging and are always pushing me to see more creativity. I always leave with a greater appreciation for the huge range of women’s experiences and expressions. You’ll be disappointed if you are looking for only...More

Thank tannec
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