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.