Street Address
205 S. Whiting Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
Mailing Address
Administrative Offices
205 S. Whiting Street Suite 254
Alexandria, VA 22304
phone: 703-461-1920


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Women's contributions and accomplishments for the most part have been overlooked and consequently omitted from mainstream culture. The National Women's History Museum will help fill that void. Rather than rewriting current exhibitions at other history museums or having to decide what to omit elsewhere to "fit in" women's history, the NWHM will serve to place women's history along side current historical exhibitions.

We have been a privately funded institution since our founding. Once a physical site is established, we will apply to the Smithsonian for an affiliation. This will enable us to borrow objects from the Smithsonian's collections for use in exhibitions.

The National Women's History Museum enables you to remember and thank the women who have helped to shape your life. It might be your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, teacher, neighbor, or friend. Upon receipt of your donation and the name(s) of those you are honoring, their name(s) will be listed in the Roll of Honor and Remembrance.

NWHM is pleased to announce the launch of its latest online exhibit, "Women in Early Film". Today's exceptionally talented women in film stand on the shoulders of the pioneers who came before them. Women in Early Film explores some of those trailblazers. As both consumers of film and professionals in the field, both in front of and behind the camera, women dramatically affected the development of American film.


The Museum researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history. The museum will use innovative and engaging means including permanent and online exhibits, educational programs, and outreach efforts to communicate the breadth of women's experiences and accomplishments to the widest possible audience. The sharing of this knowledge will illuminate and encourage women and men, people of all classes, races and cultures to move into the future with respect, equal confidence, greater partnership, and opportunity.


The National Women's History Museum was founded in 1996 by Karen Staser.