Urgent Museum Notice

Reopening Information

Two people standing next to each other in casual clothes with long hair seen from behind; they are looking at a t-shaped, colorful textile collage artwork hung on a white gallery wall.
The museum is open for visitors!

Introductory Message

Welcome back to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. We have missed you! The well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our highest priority. We have adapted our visitor experience for your safety and enjoyment while meeting new health guidelines and safety standards.

In order to ensure that our galleries allow space for ample social distancing, we strongly encourage visitors to purchase timed tickets in advance. Please choose the time when you plan to visit and follow the prompts to reserve your tickets.

What to Expect

NMWA will follow strict guidelines to protect you, our visitors, as we welcome you back to the museum. With guidance from the D.C. government, D.C. Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the museum has developed new cleaning, safety, health, and operational protocols for reopening:

  • Please do not enter the museum if you have symptoms of infection or have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Face masks must be worn by staff and visitors at all times. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of two or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition.
  • A minimum of six feet of social distance must be maintained at all times. Please observe social-distancing floor markers and signage. Plexiglas partitions are installed at transactional areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures include regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as entrance doors. Washrooms are cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available, and frequent hand-washing with soap and water is strongly encouraged.
  • Elevator capacity is restricted to one person or one group/household. Please do not board elevators if they are occupied.
  • Please avoid forming groups in front of art or in bathrooms.
  • Coat and bag check services are suspended. Backpacks and bags larger than 16 x 16 in. are not permitted. Bags in excess of 16 x 16 in. containing medical equipment or diaper bags are allowed but must be carried at a visitor’s side.
  • Instead of paper brochures, access digital alternatives, including a gallery guide and See For Yourself self-guide cards.
Set of circular icons communicating guidelines for entering the museum: wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash hands, no large groups, find more information online
Photo credit: Kevin Allen

Special Hours and Restrictions

  • Timed admission tickets and additional information are available on the ticketing page. Reserve your tickets today. Members may always visit for free but must reserve tickets in advance to ensure entry at a specific time.
  • The museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
  • Free Community Days: Free Community Days have resumed and will be held on the first and third Sundays of each month from September through March 2021. Timed admission tickets are required.
  • To manage restricted visitor capacity, walk-up visitors with free guest passes or reciprocal benefits from the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM) and Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM) will not be accepted while restrictions for D.C. museums are in place.
  • The Museums on Us program, available to Bank of America (BOA) cardholders, requires a reserved ticket. Cardholders should expect additional instructions from BOA on how to secure their free ticket, and be prepared to show their BOA card and photo ID upon arrival at the museum.
  • The Museum Shop is open during normal hours; the space will be restricted to four visitors at a time.
  • The Mezzanine Café is closed.
  • The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research center will reopen to walk-in visitors beginning Monday, November 16, 2020. We welcome museum guests to view Julie Chen: True to Life without an appointment Monday–Friday 10am–1pm and 2–5pm. Space is limited to 5 patrons at a time to maintain social distancing. Researchers who wish to access LRC materials on these days must make an appointment via email at lrc@nmwa.org.
  • In-person gallery talks, tours, and public programs are canceled. A new behind-the-scenes audio guide featuring key artworks in the collection is now available.
  • The museum is available for event rentals for occasions with up to 50 guests.
  • More information for planning your visit is available on the Plan Your Visit page.

Please note that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting the museum, you voluntarily assume all risks related COVID-19 exposure. Visitors must agree to leave the building upon showing signs of illness.

Photo credit: Sancha McBurnie
Side view of wooden relief sculpture on wall at left. Relief depicts five figures of various sizes whose arms and hands extend out from sculpture. At right is a blurred figure moving left, heading toward a dark doorway. Behind figure on wall are an artwork and text, out of focus.
Marisol, The Large Family Group, 1957; Painted wood, 37 x 38 x 6 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Roger S. Firestone Foundation Fund, the FRIENDS of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, William A. Clark Fund, the gift of William E. Share (by exchange), The Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Gallery; Photo by Cameron Robinson