Visitor Guidelines

Have a pleasant visit at NMWA!

To help make sure your visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts 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.


  • Save time by purchasing tickets online for museum admission.  
  • Browse our current and upcoming exhibitions online.
  • Find information about upcoming events on our calendar.
  • If you are a first-time visitor, familiarize yourself with the museum map.
  • Review information about the museum’s accessibility.


  • Check in at the Museum Shop to purchase tickets and memberships. 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.
  • 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.
  • Flash photography, tripods, selfie sticks, extension cords, and other special equipment are not permitted. 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. 
  • If you are bringing a backpack or any bag bigger than 16 x 16 in., please read our bag policy to determine if your bag is allowed in the galleries. 
  • Please do not leave personal items unattended.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the galleries. Please ask the volunteers or refer to signs for the password. Share your visit by tagging the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
  • As a courtesy to other visitors, please set your phone to vibrate and take calls outside of the galleries.
  • 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.
  • Sketching is permitted and encouraged! Please use notebooks 11 x 14 in. or smaller and pencils. Colored pencils and ink pens are not allowed in the galleries.
  • If you have lost an item, please check with security or call 202-783-5000.
  • First aid and an automated external defibrillator (AED) are available if needed. Please inform security if you require access.
  • Restrooms are available on all floors. Changing tables are available in the restrooms located in the Great Hall.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

National Museum of Women in the Arts