Absorb Art in Washington, DC

Local and national art scene is alive in DC in an eclectic mix of federal art museums, local art scene and unique museums offering all kind of different art created by all kinds of different artist from different times.

We are listing here the main places to enjoy art in DC, for festivals, #MadeByWomen exhibitions and other events related to art, check WWP calendar.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005.

A unique museum, co-founded by Wilhelmina Holladay on 1987 with a mission to present and promote female artists.

The museum is showcasing rotating and permanent exhibitions and host occasional events, all #MadeByWomen for everyone.

Open Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM.
Every first Sunday of the month admission is free.
For more information check the museum’s website.

An innovative art space showcasing experiential and technology driven works. Exhibitions are changing every few months.
A reality bar is serving drinks all day long.

Co-founded at 2015 by Tatiana Pastukhova and the first gallery was opened in DC in 2017.

Open Sunday – Thursday 10 AM – 10 PM, Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 11:30 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.

Presenting and holding the largest collection of American art span over three centuries. Among the items on view are photography, modern folk and self-taught art, African American art, Latino art, and video games. Daily free guided tours and other free programs are offered.

Open daily 11:30 AM- 7:00 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

A small branch of the SAAM is located on the beautiful building few steps from the white house. The museum presents rotating exhibitions of American artists.
The building was originally built at the 19th century to serve as a museum for the art, “The American Louvre,” due to lack of space it was relocated and after several years of use by the federal movement it was about to be demolished but the First Lady Jackie Kennedy saved it to continue to serve as an art museum. Since 1965 it is managed by the Smithsonian Institution.

Open daily 10:00 AM- 5:30 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The gallery collects and presents portraits of the “men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.” Among the permanent exhibitions are “America’s Presidents”, “American Origins,” and “Twentieth-Century Americans.” The interior courtyard is one of the nicest spots to take a rest from strolling in the museum. Free guided tours and special events are held daily.

Open daily 11:30 AM- 7:00 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the gallery’s website.

The Smithsonian’s museum of Asian art presents art works from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the ancient Near East, and the Islamic world dating from the Neolithic period to today.
The museum also presents rotating exhibitions and holds events.

Open daily 10:00 AM- 5:30 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The Phillis presents art works of modern and contemporary art since it was opened to the public in 1921 in the heart of Dupont Circle. Among the items on view are paintings by Renoir and Rothko and O’Keeffe. Different arrangement of the permanent collection is revealing new art pieces in every visit. Phillips café in the courtyard is a nice spot for a break.

Open Tuesday–Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM – 8:30 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 6:30 PM. Free admission to the Permanent Collection Galleries on Tuesday-Friday.
For more information check the museum’s website.

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560.

Started as a small museum in DC at the previous home of Frederick Douglass and became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979. Today, the museum presents modern and contemporary African art with diversity of artistic traditions in rotating exhibitions. Different programs are offered such as artist talks, films, lectures, workshops and more.

Open daily 10:00 AM- 5:30 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The national modern and contemporary art museum located at a round building in the heart of the national mall. The museum showcases rotating exhibitions as well as permanent exhibitions from its collection. Offers free daily tours, external sculpture garden, cozy café and occasional events.

Open daily 10:00 AM- 5:30 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The museum was built with the vision that the American people should have their national museum of art and on its first years the collection was donated by American philanthropists.
Several years later the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden was opened.
The museum presents exhibitions from its collection which is mostly of European and American art from the Renaissance to the present day as well as loan exhibitions from around the world. Daily free guided tours, lectures, concerts and more are held in the museum and its sculpture garden.

Open Monday–Saturday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The abandoned 15,000 sq/ft of the city’s streetcar system were converted in 2016 to the Dupont Underground. On view are rotating exhibition as well as the permanent exhibition of street art that is presented on the of walls of the underground abandoned stations.
The museum offers different kinds of events, as yoga class, concerts and more.

Open during events, gallery hours, or by appointment.
For more information check the museum’s website.

An exterior museum, presenting art on the walls and doors of shops in the alley. One of the nicest and surprising places to visit in the city.
Co-founded by Lisa Marie Thalhammer in 2015, several of her murals are presented there as well as on other walls around the city.

Open daily, free admission.
For more information check this link.

Street Art scene in DC is almost as rich as its museums.
Murals are spread all over the city adding some unique colors to the streets. Check out WWP itinerary to follow #MadeByWomen murals.

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