On 21 October, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. reopened after a two-year total renovation. The restored building now features a huge gallery space (with room for over 6,000 artworks), interactive exhibits, and – of course – fantastic accessibility. Every program and exhibit at the rejuvenated National Museum of Women in the Arts is designed with inclusivity in mind.
Head to 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC for accessible drop-off, with a ramp that is suitable for strollers and mobility devices. There are several nearby parking garages with accessible bays.
Alternatively, you can make use of MetroAccess, a door-to-door paratransit service for anyone whose specific needs aren’t met by bus or rail.
At The Museum
All public areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to all floors and lowered/widened amenities as necessary. Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Security Desk in the lobby, with varying options for width and arm rests. There is also bench seating available on each floor, and security officers can assist you in locating seating and rest areas.
Bathrooms are available on every floor, and all are accessible. Companion restrooms can be found on the Mezzanine, second, and third floors, and every restroom has a children’s changing table available.
Large-print information is available by request at the Information Desk, as are transcripts and audio guides. Videos and films shown at the museum have closed captions. Assistive listening technology is provided in the Great Hall, Reading Room, the Studio, and Performance Hall.
There are new and different events and exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts each week. First-time visitors should try to join one of the Collection Highlights Tours, a 45-minute guided tour offered most Fridays (ASL interpretation available with advance notice). If you’re travelling on a budget, head down on Free Community Days for free admission. Get creative at Open Studio events, and get inspired at one of the weekly Gallery Talks. Check out the full calendar on their website.
Support for Specific Needs
The National Museum for Women in the Arts provides comprehensive accessibility information on their website. If you have any questions or requests, the Museum support staff can be reached by phone (202-783-5000) or email.