AAA Editor Notes
National Museum of Women in the Arts is at 1250 New York Ave. N.W. (at 13th St. N.W.). It occupies the former Masonic Grand Lodge of the National Capital, a Renaissance Revival-style building dating from 1907. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 works celebrates the contribution of women artists to the visual, performing and literary arts.
The collection spans more than 5 centuries, from 16th- and 17th-century paintings by northern European artists to 18th- and 19th-century paintings and sculptures, as well as contemporary art in a range of media. Many of the earlier works are historically significant given the gender-specific social conventions that women artists of the time faced relative to their male peers. Among the well-known artists who managed to transcend such challenges and make a name for themselves are Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and Louise Bourgeois. Special exhibitions are presented regularly.
Food is available.