The National Museum of Women in the Arts


Founded in 1987, NMWA (“The Women’s Museum”) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.  The Museum is located in the heart of Washington, D.C.

By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the Women’s Museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.

NMWA by the Numbers:

  • More than 15,000 members
  • 2.7 Million visitors
  • Collection of more than 4,500 objects
  • 260 exhibitions hosted; 10 each year
  • Education programme has served 400,000 people
  • 18,500 files on women artists in the Library and Resaecrh Center
  • More than 110 books, catalogues and brochures published
  • 19 Committees across the world
  • In June 2013, NMWA’s endowment and planned giving reached $50 million

To fulfill this mission, NMWA:

  • Preserves and displays a collection of 4,000 objects
  • Presents 10 world-class exhibitions of women artists each year
  • Maintains an 18,500-volume library and research center
  • Publishes art history books and a triannual magazine
  • Programs top quality concerts, films, staged readings and other performing arts events;
  • Offers education curricula and programs for learners of all ages
  • Sponsors a network of over 20 national and international committees, engaging museum members who advocate for women artists at the local, regional, and international levels

Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts online at and join the NMWA.  Download their factsheet: nmwa_fact_sheet

If you are interested in becoming a member of NMWA in Washington, DC, this is included as part of UK Friends of NMWA’s Patron Subscriber level.  Alternately, visit and become a member.

NMWA 1250 New York Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005 202-783-5000

Read about its director, Susan Sterling in the 2014 Washington Post profile:  Washington Post, their blog, and a behind the scenes video.

UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (“UK Friends of NMWA”) supports the mission of NMWA by championing art by women in the UK, past and present.


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