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Plan Your Visit

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Museum Hours

The Museum is closed for renovation.

Library Hours

The LRC is closed for renovation.

Café Hours

The Mezzanine Café is closed for renovation.

Tickets

Adult

$10

Adult 65+

$8

Students

$8

Youth 18 and Under

Free

Members

Free

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Things to Do

Calendar

Smartphone filming of a darker skinned woman artist talking in front of her pink and yellow artwork in the museum gallery.
Check out our wide range of programs off-site and online during the building closure.

Online Exhibitions

Close-up detail of an abstract painting with very thick and gestural brushstrokes of mostly orange paint.
Discover online exhibitions showcasing work by established and emerging women artists from around the world.

Stay Connected

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View special online exhibitions, educational resources, and activities to learn about women artists.

Collection

Abstract painting composed of brightly colored, lozenge-shaped brushstrokes in vertical stripes of navy, purple, turquoise, yellow, orange and red.The overall effect is as if the painting was collaged out of torn pieces of paper, with the white of the canvas showing through.
Explore highlights from the museum’s collection, spanning more than 5,500 works from the Renaissance through today.

Library

Two books, Fired Up! Ready to Go and I Was Their American Dream, rest on a tabletop, along with a small vase of pink and lavender flowers.
Explore the Library & Research Center’s robust range of services to scholars throughout the renovation.

Shop

Three clear glass shelves, packed with colorful products on display. The top two shelves are full of Frida Kahlo-themed items—books, dolls, cards, and more. The bottom shelf is full of Louise Bourgeois-themed items—teapots, a sleep mask, books, mugs, and more.
Shop a curated collection of creative products from women-owned businesses in our Museum Shop.

Directions to the Museum

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Getting Here

Use the goDCgo interactive map to plan your trip via bus, metro, bicycle rental, and more.

Museum Address

1250 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005

Mailing Address

1615 M Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

Transportation Options

By Metro

The closest Metro stations to the museum are Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) or Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines). Visit the WMATA website for detailed maps and schedules.

By Bus

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.

By Car

Since metered street parking is minimal, we have partnered with SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation 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.

Tips for Your Visit

The museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023. To help make sure your visit to the museum is a positive experience, we’ve compiled a list of helpful information. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to one of our knowledgeable volunteers or use the online Contact Us form.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

  • Check in at the Museum Shop to purchase admission tickets and memberships. If you purchased tickets online, pick up your tickets at the Museum Shop.
  • Visit the Information Desk to pick up a gallery guide and See for Yourself card pack. Our helpful volunteers will notify you about programs on the day of your visit.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the galleries. Please ask the volunteers or refer to signs for the password. Share your visit by tagging @WomenInTheArts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
  • Restrooms are available on all floors. Changing tables are available in the restrooms located in the Great Hall. Please see our Accessibility page for further information for nursing mothers and those that prefer a gender-neutral restroom.
  • Please do not leave personal items unattended.
  • As a courtesy to other visitors, please set your phone to vibrate and take calls outside of the galleries.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

  • Please don’t touch the art! Help us protect the legacy of women artists by not touching the art, leaning on walls or pedestals, or running through galleries.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries or Performance Hall. Drinking fountains are located by the restrooms.
  • Sketching is permitted and encouraged! Please use pencils and notebooks that are 11 x 14 in. or smaller. Colored pencils, ink pens, and markers are not allowed in the galleries.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

  • Photography of special exhibitions or works of art on loan to the museum is generally permitted unless otherwise noted.
  • Works in the museum’s collection may be photographed with available light for personal, noncommercial use.
  • Flash photography, tripods, selfie sticks, extension cords, and other special equipment are not permitted.
  • For press inquiries or information about commercial photography, please contact media@nmwa.org.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

  • NMWA welcomes all visitors and strives to be accessible to everyone. All public areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible. Please ask security for assistance. A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the security desk for use within the museum. For more information, please visit our accessibility page.
  • First aid and an automated external defibrillator (AED) are available if needed. Please inform security if you require access.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

  • A self-service coat closet is located adjacent to the Museum Shop, directly inside the museum’s main entrance on New York Avenue.
  • The museum is not liable for any lost, missing, stolen, or damaged items left in the coat closet. All articles must be claimed before the museum closes; NMWA is not responsible for articles left overnight.
  • Backpacks and bags larger than 16 x 16 in. are not permitted in the galleries and must be checked at the security desk in the lobby.
  • Bags in excess of 16 x 16 in. that contain medical equipment or diaper bags are permitted but must be carried at your side.
  • Possession of dangerous materials, including firearms, is not permitted.
  • The museum reserves the right to inspect any parcel brought into the premises; security guards may conduct bag checks when you arrive.
  • The following items cannot be checked: laptops, tablets, cameras, and other valuables.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

If you believe you’ve lost an item at the museum, please call us at 202-783-5000, email webmaster@nmwa.org, or visit the security desk located adjacent to the Information Desk in the Great Hall. Museum security logs all items found in the galleries and/or turned in to security staff. Items will be kept for three calendar months.

Please note the museum building is currently closed for a major renovation with plans to reopen in fall 2023.

We welcome both guided and self-guided student groups at the museum. School and youth group tours with students 18 years old and younger are free for students and chaperones.

Chaperone Guidelines:

For groups led by a museum tour guide and self-guided groups that will remain together throughout their museum visit:

  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten: One adult chaperone per three students
  • Grades 1–12: One adult chaperone per 10 students

For self-guided groups when students are assigned independent or small-group activities:

  • Grades 1–12: One adult chaperone per 5 students

The museum’s collection and special exhibitions include artwork expressing a range of subject matter, including the nude or partially nude human form. Please prepare students for the possibility of viewing these images before arriving at the museum. Our Education staff will be happy to answer questions you may have about the works on view prior to your visit.

Conrad Washington, DC is the official hotel of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Just three blocks away, this downtown hotel is a quick walk to the museum.