National Museum of Women in the Arts  

Welcome to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only major museum in the world that is solely dedicated to women’s achievements in visual, literary, and performing arts. Located along New York Avenue Northwest in Washington D.C, this gorgeous federal-era building hosts regular special exhibits, lectures, and community/gallery events, not to mention the renowned permanent collection and onsite cafe. It takes a group on average 2 full hours to see the 3,000 plus masterpieces within, so be sure to save plenty of time and wear some comfortable walking shoes!

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Young Girl With a Sheaf

While exploring this astounding art museum you will see such artists as Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt, and such works as Frida’s Self Portrait, Cassatt’s The Bath, Elisabetta Sirani Virgin and Child, and even Rosalba’s America. Take part in the Daily Gallery Experience, a daily 30-minute conversation piece spotlighting 2 different gallery works, usually taking place at or closely around 2pm. If you are here on the first Sunday of the month, admission is free, as you will be a part of Community Day. This entire museum also offers a wide variety of collection and special exhibit tours for adults and school groups, each with various in-depth information about the artists, their impact, it’s history and the museum's purpose in general. You can choose to take a self-guided tour or a 1-hour guided tour themed to your liking.

Be sure to save plenty of time to grab a delicious bite to eat at the onsite Mezzanine Cafe, serving up seasonal sandwiches, salads, and local branded Blind Dog Bakery goodies and coffee. After enjoying those local ingredients and products head to the gift shop and pick up some souvenirs or educator materials, catch a gallery talk or film, or stop by the current special exhibit section and see what's going on! Right now (Fall 2016) you can see Alison Saar’ In Print collection, as well as Priya Pereira's Contemporary Artist’ Book from India.