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National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Art Museum, History Museums, Educational, Cultural, Offbeat, Historical, Touristy
1250 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC
URL: National Museum of Women in...  Phone: 202-783-5000

Activity Overview

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum dedicated to the women in various forms of Arts. The museum celebrates achievements of some prominent women in the field of visual, performing and literary Arts. The museum was founded by Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay in 1981 and was opened to public access in 1987. The museum features a collection of 4,500 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. The museum is located in the historic Old Masonic temple in New York avenue, Washington D.C.

Things to Do

  • Explore the work of art by more than 1,000 women artists from around the world, see collections and displays in exhibits. Many special exhibits are arranged in the museum.
  • See collections by some historic artists including Mary Cassatt, Clara Peeters, Frida Kahlo and several modern and contemporary artists.
  • The Art collection displays some exquisite and rare artifacts and paintings from the 16th century to the 20th century.
  • You can book a tour with a guide for more in-depth information on the artists.
  • If you seek research material on women artists, visit the Betty Boyd Dettre library and research center.
  • Visit the Mezzanine cafe for coffee and some scrumptious sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.
  • The museum shop offers gifts, books and toys for the kids.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Insider Tips

  • Free admission to the museum on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Children are admitted for free.
  • The museum is wheel chair accessible.

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