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National Museum of Women in the Arts

Washington, DC

The only US museum exclusively devoted to women’s artwork fills this Renaissance Revival mansion. Its collection – some 5500 works by more than 1000 female artists from around the world – includes Renaissance artists such as Lavinia Fontana and 20th-century works by Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Frankenthaler. Placards give feminist interpretations of various art movements.

The historic building's interior is gorgeous. In the Great Hall, one of the building’s grandest spaces, the original chandelier hang meters away from a second, very different one made of LED lights, Murano glass, and hand-crocheted wool, by Joana Vasconcelos.

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