It wasn’t until discovering that the National Museum of Women in the Arts existed that I noticed the overwhelming majority of the white cards adjacent to art I’d view in museums listed male names. The National Museum of Women’s Art is “the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts.”
The museum was founded by Wilhelmina Cole and Wallace F. Holladay. They began collecting art in the 60s and in 1981 opened up their private home to lead art tours in order to showcase women’s artwork. After buying a former Masonic Temple, they opened the doors of the current museum in 1987.
Aside from the incredible pieces featured, the museum itself is gorgeous with a grand entry way lit-up by three chandeliers and adorned with a marble staircase on two sides. Currently, the main exhibit followed the fashion house Rodarte, started by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. It was an incredible experience getting to see their fashion pieces up close including the two tutus they created for the film Black Swan.
Tickets to the National Musem of Women in the Arts are priced at $10 for adults, $8 for the elderly and students, and free for those under 18. If you catch yourself in DC during the first weekend of the month, the museum has Community Sundays on the first Sunday of each month and offers free entry.