Visitor Information

Photo credit: Daniel Schwartz

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C., at the corner of New York Avenue and 13th Street, NW.

Many other museums, the Convention Center, and the White House are within easy walking distance. Make your visit a memorable one.


Visitors 65 and over:$8.00
NMWA members:Free
Youth 18 and under:Free

The Catholic University of America students, faculty, and staff are admitted free to the Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea exhibition with a valid CUA ID.

Museum admission passes and gift passes are available for purchase through the ticket office. Call 1-877-226-5294 for advance sales.

Community Day

Visit us on the first Sunday of the month for FREE admission to the museum.


10 a.m.–5 p.m.

12 p.m.–5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.


Visit the Mezzanine Café for lunch Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

*Please note: the Mezzanine Café will be closed on Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26.

Library and Research Center

The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center is open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and is closed on major holidays.

Getting to NMWA

Plan your trip with goDCgo interactive map for more information about how to route your trip via buses, metro, bicycle rentals, and more.


(From D.C., MD, and VA)
Take the Red, Blue, or Orange lines to Metro Center. Use the 13th Street exit and walk two blocks north. Visit the WMATA website for detailed maps and schedules.


Travel by bus routes 80, G8, S2, S4, X2, D6, D3, 68, D1, and 42 to the corner of H and 13th Streets, NW. Visit the WMATA website for detailed maps and schedules.


Since metered street parking is minimal, NMWA has partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking at nearby parking garages. Once purchased, present your purchase confirmation at the selected location (this serves as your payment). Parking is guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up.

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The Sofitel and Washington Marriott at Metro Center are the official hotels of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Both less than two blocks away, these downtown hotels are a quick walk to NMWA!


All public areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at the security guard’s desk for use within the museum.


Works in the permanent collection may be photographed with available light.  Flash photography, tripods, extension cords, and other special equipment are not permitted.  No photography of special exhibitions or works of art on loan to the museum is allowed.