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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • 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 yesterday

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 2 weeks ago 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.

2  Thank Judith G
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Small and stunning, art work by women, in a beautiful old building a few blocks from the Mall. Four floors of old to new art, varying in style and form, The main gallery of building itself is a work of art.

Thank AdamsDouglas
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This museum is a true jewel. It begins with the amazing building it is in. It was originally a Masonic Temple and it is magnificent, especially the main floor and Mezzanine area. The main collection is on the 3rd floor and it is fantastic. They...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

During my ticket purchase I didn't think the visit would take more than an hour. I ended up staying for 2 hours ! The museum had beautiful and a not so small collection of art ! of many artists too.

Thank Rantea7
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Surprising, refreshing, perhaps somewhat poor in the sense that there are not many paintings and works of art. But I enjoyed my visit very much.

Thank Euggen
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