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National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Address: 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3970
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Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, the National Museum of Women in the...

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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Fantastic Little Museum

Some of the museums in DC are overwhelming. This is a smaller museum but lovely and educational, especially for people who don't know how many brilliant artists were women. There... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of the museums in DC are overwhelming. This is a smaller museum but lovely and educational, especially for people who don't know how many brilliant artists were women. There is a big variety of works from the 16th Century until today. You get a nice overview, without feeling overwhelmed. The building is lovely, there's a fabulous gift shop, and... More 

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Stacy M, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Women in the Arts, responded to this review

Dear ColbaltViolet, Thanks for your kind words about your visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. As the world’s only major museum dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions and accomplishments of women, the museum champions women through the arts by collecting, exhibiting, and creating programs that advocate for equity and shine a light on excellence. I hope... More 

Branchburg, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has a very limited number of paintings of female artists from around the world. We were expecting so much more. Yes, there is one painting of many famous female artists, such as Frida Kahlo, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun, and Lee Krasner and two paintings by Berthe Morisot. The two current exhibits. Border Crossing and New Ground, are very... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close by the spy museum I've passed by it many times but decided to go in the other day because of a "Border Crossings" exhibit. It was very interesting sculpture exhibit inspired by a visit to the U.S.-Mexican border. Won't give it away but it's interesting and unusual. Also showing a Southwest pottery exhibit. Think I'll be a regular

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a must-stop whenever I'm in DC. Women artists from the 1600s to the present--not your same-old same old. Famous famous paintings you didn't realize were here, Kahlo, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Remedies Varo, Suzanne Valedon, plus amazing younger women to discover. Takes 90 minutes--love a small museum. GREAT gift shop too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I wanted my daughter who lives in the DC area to know about this place. The library and exhibits are eclectic representing mostly modern themes. We also liked the store. Staff, volunteers and other patrons were pleasant - my daughter got an important phone call and no one told her to "take it outside."

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

The various art displays at the Museum, I found to be unimpressed and very few. The museum has three floors of display items that I found to be quiet boring. I was very surprised to find that the displays were so sparingly and extremely plain. The building itself is very beautiful and neo-classic , inside; it would be a beautiful... More 

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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I visited with my wife while visiting DC. The museum is pretty but lacks material. There is only a handful of paintings and other types of pieces to see. The gift shop is a nice one however.

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Stacy M, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of Women in the Arts, responded to this review

Dear EdgarJLR, We are sorry to hear that you caught us during a gallery changeover. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit in the future to explore more of our collection and exhibitions. Best, Stacy Communications & Marketing Manager More 

Signal Mountain, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

So lovely to be submerged in art created by women, mostly of women, and for women. Attention to detail was so impressive and the building was beautiful. What a gift to the nation to have this in D.C. Must see

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FINGER LAKES
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This museum is housed in the old Mason's temple, once a bastion of white males, how ironic. Anyway, the architecture is magnificent. Some of the older art and contemporary sculpture is very nice. Didn't care for the wall of old tires.

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boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Loved this place. Great exhibits. Well-curated and displayed. Suggest allocating two to three hours, minimum.

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