About the Museum
The National Museum of Women in the Arts opened in Washington, DC in 1987 and is the only major museum in the world committed to solely exhibiting and researching the work of female artists. From its outset, the museum has challenged traditional patriarchal histories of art by displaying the creative achievements of women from a multiplicity of time periods and nationalities. The museum’s extensive collection spans the 16th century to the present day and includes notable works by Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and Judy Chicago. In addition to staging ten temporary exhibitions a year, the NMWA publishes books and magazines on women artists and manages the Betty Boyd Dettre Library.