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National Museum of Women in the Arts

As the name suggests, the museum is exclusively dedicated to the work contributed by the women artists. The museum is located at 1250 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC. In order to enter the museum, you need to collect the tickets and passes that are available at the ticket office in the museum. The museum remains open from Monday to Saturday from morning 10 a.m. to evening 5 p.m. On Sundays, it opens at noon and remains open till 5 in the evening. It is closed on public holidays like Thanksgiving, New Year and Christmas.

History of the Museum

Generally shortened as NMWA, the museum was opened for public viewing in the spring of 1987. The inaugural exhibition was American Women Artists, 1830-1930 that was headed by the curator Dr. Eleanor Tufts—country’s foremost female art historian. Actually, the National Museum of Women in the Arts was integrated in November 1981. It was a non-profit organization. Initially, the building of the museum was quite small.

The recent museum building sits on a 78,810-square-foot land. The nearest landmark of the museum is the White House.The Holladay collection is the part of the museum’s permanent collection and is, in fact, the heart of the institution since, it was Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, who first proposed the idea of creating a museum that would be totally dedicated to all the women artists of the world.

Photography in the Museum

Visitors are allowed to click the photos of the permanent collections of the museum. But this can only be done with the available light. Other equipments like tripods, flash photography, extension cords and any other equipment are not allowed. Besides, the temporary collections of the museum cannot be photographed. The ones that are for special exhibitions and are works of art on loan cannot be clicked.

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