Welcome back! 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.
Let’s stay safe together
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:
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 open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited to 5 patrons at a time to maintain social distancing.
- The Museum Shop is open during normal hours; the space will be restricted to four visitors at a time.
- The Mezzanine Café is closed.
- 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.
Members are always free! Please reserve your free timed ticket in advance. You will need your membership ID number to make a reservation. If you have questions, please contact the membership department at email@example.com or (866) 875-4627.
Member Ticket FAQs
May I bring a guest? How many guests?
If your membership includes a guest admission as a benefit, please contact the membership department to reserve a spot for your guest. At this time, one-time use guest passes will not be accepted in order to accommodate reduced attendance numbers.
What if I don’t reserve in advance?
Advanced registration is strongly encouraged to guarantee timed entry to the museum.
Tickets can be exchanged before the date of your visit. Refunds are not available for tickets, memberships, or donations, except due to museum closure or illness. For assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to convert your ticket to a fully tax-deductible museum donation, please email email@example.com. Your generosity will help us to champion women in the arts now and in the future.