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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“women artists” (48 reviews)
“frida kahlo” (19 reviews)
“masonic temple” (17 reviews)
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1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3970
Downtown / Chinatown
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"frida kahlo"
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"mary cassatt"
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"art created"
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"beautiful building"
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"small collection"
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"gift shop"
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"four floors"
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"special exhibition"
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"great art"
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"on display"
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"third floor"
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"two hours"
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Reviewed yesterday

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 3 days ago

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.

Thank Petexian
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my time because the sophisticated artwork was intriguing. But the collection seems weak. They need to collect more artwork from women painters

Thank Özge S
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

It is truly rewarding to see a museum dedicated to the display of art created by women artists. Housed in a truly magnificent building the exhibits are not over powering in scope, but cover a full range of genres. It was impressive to see Works...More

Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

A friend suggested this museum while in DC for a basketball tournament. We absolutely loved it - the variety and edginess of the Women House exhibit. From top to bottom we had a great experience. Would have loved to have found a poster of one...More

Thank Rebecca S
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

I wanted to support women in the arts, but this museum was a waste of time unless you are a fan of portraits. It was basically one floor and two small rooms, which seemed like a poor use of space. You would be better off...More

Thank steved333
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

We came in February and got in for 10$ each which was reasonable. We spent about 2 hours which included time in store. Seemed like. Nice balance of paintings, textiles, sculptures, etc.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

We called before going to learn of disability accommodations. There were two wheelchairs available free for use within the museum. Unfortunately, neither wheelchair was wide enough for a large visitor. The third floor exhibits are awe-inspiring. Several pieces but Judy Chicago and other recent artists...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This museum is beautiful and its exhibits focus on art by women, but full of messages to respect and honor women.

Thank izosaferanil
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