New look National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C. set to reopen this weekend

New look National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C. set to reopen this weekend
Edited by Travel Weekly


    The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will open its doors for the first time in two years on 21 October.

    The museum reopens after a two-year renovation, revealing a new look and powerful exhibitions to visitors.

    National Museum of Women in the Arts – 2008. (Supplied)

    NMWA reimagined its historic home at 1250 New York Avenue in Washington, D.C., to offer flexible exhibition spaces for immersive exhibitions, a versatile studio/classroom area and improved accessibility for visitors.

    To celebrate the grand reopening weekend on Saturday, 21 October and Sunday, 22 October 2023, NMWA will host special festivities on Saturday and offer free admission all weekend.

    Construction of the National Museum of Women in the Arts building (formerly Masonic Temple), 1908; Courtesy of the Columbia Historical Society. (Supplied)

    “After two long years, we are excited to reopen our doors to our extraordinary community,” director, Susan Fisher, said.

    “As we welcome visitors back to enjoy expanded galleries, increased capacity for hands-on workshops and improved accessibility, I believe you’ll find the renovation has been worth the wait.

    “We are deeply grateful to our supporters, who have secured the future of NMWA for generations to come. Closed for construction since August 2021, NMWA has transformed its landmark 1908 Classical Revival building while honouring its legacy, with improvements to its façade, interior spaces and infrastructure.

    Collection galleries at the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Photo by Jennifer Hughes. (Supplied)

    “With the reopening of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, residents and visitors have one more fantastic reason to visit Downtown D.C.,” mayor, D.C., Muriel Bowser, said.

    “Art and artists, and the stories they tell, add so much to the vibrancy and colour of D.C. Now, we are D.C. proud to, once again, have this incredible museum dedicated to uplifting and championing the stories of women.

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