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“Great Building, Great Art!”

National Museum of Women in the Arts
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Owner description: Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum's collection features 4,500 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin, along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., In a landmark building near the White House.
Reviewed 11 April 2014

The building itself is beautiful to wander around in, with marble floors and wide stairways. Everything is wheelchair accessible, including the bathrooms and water fountains.
We were there for a wonderful quilt exhibit which included an interesting video that put what we were seeing in context. We also learned a lot about women artists that we hadn't heard of before. Picked up some cute kids' books and cards in the gift shop. A great visit on a rainy Sunday afternoon! We used our reciprocal museum card (we belong to an art museum locally) and got in free, but we'd be willing to pay to see it all!

Thank TravelinGal1029
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Wonderful opportunity to see some wonderful art by women! Some is by well-known artists, such as Mary Cassatt; others by artists heretofore unknown to me; and some by women I new from other artistic disciplines that surprised me, such as actress Sarah Bernhardt's scultpure.

When I visited, which was during National Women's Month, there was a small but interesting special exhibit about the pre-work for Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" and a fantastic exhibit showcasing a wide variety of quilts created by women from the mid-1880s on.

The gift shop is expensive, but has some unique items, many beautiful, several quite fun.

Thank liviBoston
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

A beautiful museum, away from the crowds on the Mall, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is just that -- a homage to female artists across the ages. Housed in a beautiful Beaux Artes structure, the museum offers several permanent galleries and rotating exhibits. Tucked inside, too, on the mezzanine is a wonderful cafe for a leisurely lunch overlooking the grand hall and a protrait exhibit. One of my favorite museums in DC!

Thank Pat W
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

A beautiful art museum. Smaller collection but you can see it all in a couple hours. We were fascinated to learn about women artists through the years and there are some lovely works on display.

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Reviewed 20 December 2013

The current exhibit on American Quilts...on loan from the Brooklyn Museum, offers an insight why it is useful to have the perspective of women artists considered in the analysis of such a medium of artistic expression. Not only are examples of quilts displayed from colonial times to the present but an excellent video reviews why quilting was considered part of women's work...and not seriously respected as an art form...until the 1970s. Well worth a visit, this museum always has intriguing exhibits and the building is small enough that it does not take long to digest the visual experience and remember it after you leave.

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