National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005


Museum Website

The only major museum in the world dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions, by bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today. The collection holds 4,500 objects and the museum mounts 10 exhibitions of women artists each year. 

Whether you go or not, A Museum of Their Own: National Museum of Women in the Arts tells the fascinating story of the birth and early years of the NMWA. It is a lively, anecdotal, behind-the-scenes, eyewitness glimpse into the efforts of dedicated individuals of vision who, under Wilhelmina "Billie" Cole Holladay's leadership, helped her expand the permanent collection, organize outstanding exhibitions, renovate the Museum, and fund a robust endowment.  Illustrating the text are 130 color pictures, which include works from the collection and from exhibitions, as well as 40 archival photographs of landmark events that led to the Museum's impressive growth.

Exhibitions & Dates

  • Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

    Mar 22 2019 - Jul 28 2019

    20 new and earlier works demonstrate a synthesis of emotional fragility and imposing scale

  • More is More: Multiples

    May 3 2019 - Sep 15 2019

    Invites inquiry into the temptation of retail and the allure of fine art

  • Rodarte

    Nov 10 2018 - Feb 10 2019

    Pivotal collections, accessories, runway videos, and video shorts demonstrate a blend of art and high couture

  • Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words

    Dec 7 2018 - Apr 14 2019

    Mark-making techniques speak to women's mark on society