1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Phone: 202-783-5000

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Located in a spectacular 1908 Renaissance Revival building, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the first and only museum dedicated solely to celebrating the diverse artistic achievements of women.

About the Museum

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) remains the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions of women artists. The museum champions women through the arts by collecting, exhibiting, researching and creating programs that advocate for equity and shine a light on excellence. NMWA highlights remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today.

The museum's collection includes over 5,000 works by more than 1,000 women artists from the 16th century to the present, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin. Special exhibitions showcase art in the collection and works loaned from around the world. Special programs introduce these exhibitions to the public, welcoming families and adults to gallery talks and tours, lectures, workshops, film screenings, concerts and happy hours.

With 16,000 books, an Archive of Women Artists and exhibitions, the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center welcomes visitors and researchers studying inspirational women artists.It houses files on more than 18,000 women artists of all periods and nationalities, approximately 18,000 books, and 800 unique and limited edition artists' books.

Call 202-783-7365 for an appointment.

About the Building
Constructed in 1907–08, the Renaissance Revival structure originally served as a Masonic temple. Masonic symbols can still be seen on the exterior. In 1983, the museum purchased the building and, after extensive renovations, opened to the public on April 7, 1987, as the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Free Community Days take place on the first Sunday of each month.

For more information about NMWA, visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday: noon - 5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

The Mezzanine Café hours

Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 2 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day


General: $10
Students and visitors 65 and over: $8
NMWA members and youth 18 and under: Free
Admission may be higher when special exhibitions are on view.
Free Community Days are held the first Sunday of every month.



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