Urgent Museum Notice

Visitor Safety Guidelines

The museum is open for visitors!

Introductory Message

Updated 8/9/21

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

Let’s stay safe together

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

NMWA follows 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:

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.
  • The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center is closed for major renovation.
  • The Museum Shop is closed for major renovation.
  • The Mezzanine Café is closed for major renovation.
  • Free Community Days: Free Community Days have resumed and will be held on the first and third Sundays of each month. Timed admission tickets are required.
  • In-person gallery talks, tours, and public programs are canceled. A behind-the-scenes audio guide featuring key artworks in the collection is now available.
  • 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.
  • Guests from outside D.C., Maryland, and Virginia should review and comply with guidelines for visitors coming into D.C. published by DC Health.
  • 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: Kevin Allen
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