National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC: Hours, Address, National Museum of Women in the Arts Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
12:00 - 17:00
About
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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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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  • Metro Center • 3 min walk
  • McPherson Square • 4 min walk
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Nina S
Alexandria, VA1 contribution
More Feminist Propaganda than Art
Jun 2021
I don't mean to rant, but here's one museum to add to your Ehh list. I was there a few weeks ago to meet my cousins. The building is gorgeous, but the collection is only about 5 percent art--the rest being more feminist propaganda than art, and (a temporary show) Fun Things to Do With Human Hair.
There's no grouping of time periods, nationalities, “schools,” influences, etc. The good stuff would then all be lumped into one or two rooms. It's a shame, because the staff is very friendly and helpful; they plainly want to put their best foot forward. Alas, the Museum belies its mission to showcase great artists ignored because of their sex: the only good stuff is by women who are already well represented elsewhere, like Berthe Morisot and Lee Krasner.
Written 22 June 2021
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Brad B
Rockville, MD322 contributions
Great Museum that is Under the Radar
Mar 2021 • Couples
This is a terrific museum. All works are by women. There are a few floor to explore in this stunning building (taking in the building by itself is worth admission).

The galleries have restricted number of patrons at a time due to covid. So, get an early entry ticket or you may have to wait in a que until occupancy allows more visitors.

Working your way up seemed to avoid lines and crowds. We felt the 2 hours was enough.

Note: The library has restricted hours and is closed on the weekends.
Written 3 April 2021
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porlier
Montpellier, France18 contributions
Deserves a repeat visit
Nov 2020
Huge variety of excellent art from all types and all times. Paper routes exhibit and Julie Chen: True to Life exhibit were beautiful and interesting. Lots to linger over.
Written 25 November 2020
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Lesley
Glasgow, UK35 contributions
One of the best museums I've been to
Jan 2020
Can't recommend this museum enough. A beautiful gallery over several floors offering an array of the best women artists and photographers.
Written 19 March 2020
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PurpleAnkh
Fort Washington, MD202 contributions
Community days rock
Mar 2020
They do a free community day on the first sunday of the month so I visited. I love mixed media art work and there was tons of it in the museum. There is even have a Faith Ringgold quilt honoring Josephine Baker. As a black women I loved and appreciated the multicultural representation. My main reason for going was the Delita Martin Calling Down the Spirits exhibit. Gorgeous building and architecture as well
Written 1 March 2020
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Dorothy M
28 contributions
Worth the money
Jan 2020 • Friends
In a city full of (mostly) free entry museums, you light wonder whether you should pay to visit this one. The answer is yes! Purely devoted to celebrating the contributions of women in the arts, this museum offers a range of permanent and visiting exhibits and hosts a number of events. The soaring architecture and lavish interior are the perfect environment to really consider a work. This is a serious museum though, with quiet spaces given to contemplation, so in my opinion it’s not a good option for younger children. There is a small cafe open for lunch daily, but the menu is limited. With the centrally located and metro-accessible address, though, there are plenty of meal options and hotels all around.
Written 12 February 2020
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LPS83
Woodstock, GA23 contributions
Go! Just go see it.
Jan 2020 • Family
They have an amazing collection of women artist. It is amazing to see that much art, by women, in one place. The temporary exhibits are always wonderful. Although it is not free, the cost is nominal. Make sure you go to the top floor, the library there is fantastic. This is the museum that convinced my daughter to become an art historian. Say hello to Olga, she is a charming volunteer.
Written 5 January 2020
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Lola
1 contribution
Disappointing!
Dec 2019
The building itself is beautiful but the museum was very disappointing. Small and not a lot of art work. The third floor was entirely dedicated to death and featured numerous pictures of dead women...awful. In and out within 30 minutes, and that included the museum store visit. With the many amazing, free museums along the mall, skip this one!
Written 31 December 2019
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Jry550
Honolulu, HI43 contributions
Just Okay
Dec 2019 • Couples
My wife was looking forward to seeing this art collection produced exclusively by women. The museum features beautiful architecture inside and some impressive pieces but I thought would have more to see. An admission fee of $12/person didn’t help either.
Written 31 December 2019
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M.Sue
94 contributions
Live Dangerously
Dec 2019
We wanted to do something special that both children enjoy; one loves photography (teenager, boy) and the other is a strong-headed pre-teen little girl. Both seemed to enjoy the exhibit, as did both adults.
Written 31 December 2019
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