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Museum Guide

Use this guide to find important information during your visit to the museum.

About the museum and building

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.
Photo credit: Cameron Robinson

About the museum

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NWMA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum inspires 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.

About the building

The museum is located in a 1908 Classical Revival style building that was constructed as a temple for the Masons, an organization that did not allow women members. Masonic symbols can still be seen on the exterior. In 1983, the museum‘s founders purchased the building and, after extensive renovations, opened to the public on April 7, 1987, as the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

What to See

Floor by Floor

Fifth Floor

Performance Hall
Scheduled programs only

Fourth Floor

Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
Open by appointment only; email lrc@nmwa.org

Third Floor

Collection Highlights

Second Floor

Special Exhibition Galleries


Collection Highlights

Ground Floor

Museum Introduction, Collection Highlights, Information Desk, Museum Shop

Photo looking down through a spiral staircase of the museum; three young adults are making their way up the stairs.
Photo credit: Cameron Robinson
Black line graphic of a wheelchair

The accessible elevator is located behind the security desk.

Symbol for available bathroom, depicting the silhouette of one woman and one man.

Restrooms are located in the Great Hall, Mezzanine, and near the passenger elevators on floors 2–5.

A light-skinned adult woman with medium-length curly blond hair wears a black pinstripe blazer over a white blouse. Her mouth is open in speech and arms bent in front of her. Four large color landscape photographs are on the white wall behind her.
Photo credit: Laura Hoffman, NMWA

Collection Resources

Audio Guide

A still life painting featuring an asymmetrical arrangement of flowers; the central section features pink, orange, yellow, and blue flowers and is dramatically highlighted compared to the background and outer edge of arrangement.
Hear NMWA staff members discuss key works and artists from the museum’s collection, currently on view in the third-floor galleries.

Large Print Labels

Access all exhibition text in large print format for ease of reading as you explore the galleries.

See For Yourself Cards

A sample of three informational cards on artworks in our collection that displays the artist name, artwork title, and artwork image.
See for Yourself cards correspond to selected works from NMWA’s collection and special exhibitions. Use them to create your own self-guided museum experience.
A black-and-white photograph shows the back of a woman as she crests a rocky path above a vast desert landscape beneath an expansive sky. Her traditional, ethnic full skirt, long-sleeved blouse, and long, straight, dark hair contrasts with the modern portable stereo she carries.
Graciela Iturbide, Mujer Ángel (Angel Woman), Sonoran Desert, 1979; Collection of Elizabeth and Michael Marcus; © Graciela Iturbide; Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Visit and Contact Information

Visit and Contact Information


Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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




NMWA Members free, Adults $10, Adults 65 and over $8, Students $8, 18 and under free.

Museum Shop

Open during museum hours

Library & Research Center

Open by appointment only

Facility Rental




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