How To Explore The National Museum Of Women In The Arts

There is only one museum in the world who champions women in the arts, and its right here in Washington, D.C. Step inside the National Museum of Women in the Arts to experience art from the 16th century to the present.

Everyone is welcome to visit the museum, built by founders Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay, along with the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center. No matter your age, you are never to young or old to learn and explore the works from the National Museum Of Women In The Arts, which brings recognition to the achievements of female artists from across the globe.

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In our effort to highlight the best museums in Washington, D.C, we spoke with Emma Filar, Communications and Marketing Manager, at the National Museum Of Women In The Arts to share what makes this museum special and why you should plan a visit during your Washington, D.C. vacation

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Where is the museum located?

National Museum Of Women In The Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005, two blocks north of Metro Center

Is the museum accessible?

Yes.

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What topics does the museum cover?

With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change.

The museum addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today.

What is your museum’s claim to fame?

National Museum Of Women In The Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women through the arts.

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What kinds of special exhibits and events do you host throughout the year?

Check the special exhibit and event calendar here.

Are there guided tours available?

In-person tours are unavailable but we do offer audio guides on select artworks.

We also offer See for Yourself cards that correspond to selected works from NMWA’s collection and special exhibitions. Use them to engage with artworks, discover fascinating facts, and reflect on your experience.

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How much time should someone plan to spend at the museum?

1-3 hours

What should someone bring with them and what items are not allowed in the museum?

A full list of rules and what to expect is here.

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Is photography allowed inside (without flash)?

With very few exceptions, yes.

Is there a museum cafe or restaurant?

Currently the cafe is closed.

What else should a visitor know before visiting?

Timed tickets are required. Visit nmwa.org/tickets to pick a time slot.

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What are your normal days and hours of operation?

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Does the museum have a bag check or coat room?

Bag check and coat room services are available (double check the website for closures).

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Is there parking available?

Since metered street parking is minimal, we have partnered with SpotHero, an essential Washington, DC app.

Visitors can purchase guaranteed parking at nearby parking garages with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Once purchased, present your purchase confirmation at the selected location (this serves as your payment). Parking is guaranteed even if the location is otherwise filled.

Is there an admission fee?

  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for visitors 65 and over and students
  • Free for NMWA members and youth 18 and under.

Free Community Days take place on the first and third Sundays of each month. Credit cards are accepted.

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