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Middle school trips to Washington, D.C. can be fun and educationally rewarding for both girls and boys with a stop at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, located at 1250 New York Avenue NW. Founded in 1981 as a private, non-profit museum devoted to the appreciation of female artists, Wallace and Wilhelmina Cole Holladay supplied the core of the paintings and other forms of women’s art from their personal collection. Special exhibitions were also presented. In 1983, the museum purchased an almost eighty thousand square-foot landmark near the White House, a former Masonic Temple, and refurbished it in accordance with the highest design, museum and security standards. It has won numerous architectural awards and is sure to wow even the more difficult classes taking middle school trips to Washington, D.C.
Students and teachers on educational tours to Washington, D.C. will marvel at the greatest collection of art created by women assembled anywhere. Thirty years ago the National Museum of Women in the Arts opened the doors of its permanent location with the inaugural exhibition, American Women Artists from 1830-1930, a definitive survey curated by one of the country’s foremost feminist art historians, Dr. Eleanor Tufts. There is no other museum like this in the world and will surely dazzle your next educational middle school trip to Washington, D.C.