The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located in the heart of Washington, DC and is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to celebrating the artistic achievements of women. The museum's permanent collection features more than 3,000 works of art including a wide range of styles and media by women from the 16th century to the present. Wilhelmina and Wallace Holladay founded the museum when they donated more than 250 works by women artists. Since it’s opening in 1987, the collection has grown to include the works of more than 800 artists from 28 countries.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is housed in a beautifully restored historic building that was originally designed as a Masonic temple. Museum space is available to rent for special events and private parties. The Great Hall and Mezzanine can accommodate up to 1000 guests or smaller rooms can be used for more intimate gatherings. Special programs and tours are designed to highlight the works of specific artists, composers, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and dancers. Lectures, literary events, musical performances, films and other programs can be geared toward specific age groups.
Library and Research Center
You may visit the museum's library which contains archives on women artists with more than 18,000 files covering all periods and nationalities. The library is open to the public Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Mezzanine Café is a collaboration with Union Kitchen and DS Deli. Located on the museum’s Mezzanine level, the café is open for weekday lunches 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The menu features a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and sides, all crafted in-house using local ingredients and products. Dishes range from $8 to $11. With prior arrangement, the Café can be used for private breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon teas. Call (202) 628-1068 for reservations.
The Museum Shop offers a nice selection of books, posters, jewelry and unique gifts. Visit the gift shop online.
1250 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 783-5000.
The closest Metro station is Metro Center
$8 Students/visitors 60 and over
Free for NMWA members/youth 18 and under.
Free Community Days are the first Sunday of each month.
Hours and Tours
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Official Website: www.nmwa.org