National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC

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  • I was incredibly disappointed with my experience here for many reasons. First, the layout of the museum was very confusing and there was little to no directions posted inside and contradictory informa...  more »
  • As parents of a young (10) girl who loves to draw, paint & create, this was a must see for us on our spring break trip with her. It didn't disappoint. In fact we wound up browsing the collections for ...  more »
  • This Museum is a jewel for people who want to learn in every piece of art you'll see and to really understand part of our human history that we almost don't study at all: Women. It had an exposition o...  more »
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  • This building and collection are fantastic. Not really being an art person I still really enjoyed the experience.
  • This one the best curated museums I've ever been to. It's a gem.
  • This compact museum has a small but very carefully curated collection representing women artists from the 1400s to the present. Though the collection itself is small, it is highly diverse, with subjects ranging from flowers to feminism, Asian to Native American, and traditional to modern. The arrangement of these various themes in one space is quite intriguing and provides one of the few opportunities to see women artists as they were juxataposed against women artists of today. The building itself is stunning, with a fully restored entry hall and mezzanine floor, clean and modern bathrooms, and a cafe (open on the mezzanine floor M-F only). Main exhibition spaces are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The 2nd floor houses the special exhibits and the 3rd floor houses the primary collection. The overall exhibit design and curation are both very well done. Also included at the museum is an interactive exhibit on the 4th floor of feminist writer Simone De Beauvior and the museum's special library. Special presentations and performances are held on the 5th floor.
  • Beautiful museum with exhibits constantly changing and free tours throughout the month
  • A very impressive collection on display from the 17th century to present. The brochure states that the Museum has 4,700 pieces, but the size of the building definitely limits how much can be displayed. I went and saw the No Man's Land exhibition and was impressed by the artwork. The staff is friendly and I would visit this place again.

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