Women’s Museums

imgres-2The Anna Akhmatova Literary and Memorial Museum is a literary museum in St Petersburg, Russia, dedicated to the poet Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966). The museum is located in a wing of Fountain House at 34 Fontanka River Embankment. Fountain House was built in the 18th century as a palace for the Count Sheremetev family, whose most romantically known member was a patron of arts Count Nikolai married a peasant Praskovia Kovalyova-Zhemchugova, with whom he seemed to experience real, though tragically brief, happiness. Russian emperors highly valued diplomatic and military achievements of several male members of family. Now the main building is occupied by Saint Petersburg Museum of Music (one of the largest branches of St.Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music), and the wing is dedicated to the museum of the poet. Anna Akhmatova Memorial Museum



The Bonn Women’s Museum is a women’s museum in Bonn, Germany. It was founded in 1981 by Marianne Pitzen (the current director) and an interdisciplinary group of working women, and claims to be the first museum of its kind in the world. It hosts temporary exhibitions (over 500 since its founding) and accompanying events, and is run by the society “Women’s Museum – Art, Culture, Research.” The Women’s Museum promotes female artists (both German and international) through a changing program of exhibitions, and examines their work in the context of art history. According to the museum, a number of artists who were first exhibited there have since established themselves on the world market. Female artists and academics work together on the large thematic exhibitions. Furthermore, women’s history is examined in the context of new experimental art and through the events which accompany the exhibitions.The museum’s own collection includes works by Käthe Kollwitz, Katharina Sieverding, Valie Export, Maria Lassnig, and Yoko Ono. Bonn Women’s Museum



The California Museum is housed in the State Archives Building in Sacramento, one block from the State Capitol. The building has more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, and facilities for lectures, performances, receptions and events. California has always been replete with remarkable women. As community leaders and activists, inventors and entertainers, as mothers, daughters, sisters and partners, California’s remarkable women serve 24/7 on the front lines of humanity. Extraordinary women from every walk of life strengthen, shape and serve our great state. This exhibit honors their significant roles and achievements, drawing its inspiration from past and present achievements of California women. In doing so, it delivers an energetic message about the limitless opportunities and possibilities awaiting present and future generations of women leaders. California Museum


home-banner542pxElizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art opened on March 23, 2007 at the Brooklyn Museum. The 8,300-square-foot center, located on the museum’s fourth floor, aims to create a compelling and interactive environment to raise awareness and educate future generations about feminism’s impact on culture. The Center’s namesake and benefactor, Elizabeth A. Sackler, is a philanthropistand art collector. The Center houses Judy Chicago’s landmark feminist work The Dinner Party, as well as a gallery space, regular exhibitions of feminist art, and a study area. Chicago’s piece includes 39 biographical place settings for women in history and fiction as well as the names of an additional 999 women on gold-inscribed tiles. The Center’s opening exhibition, “Global Feminisms”was the first international exhibit exclusively dedicated to feminist art from 1990 to the present. Elizabeth A. Sackler Center


logoHenriette-Bathily Women’s Museum is a museum located on Gorée, an island on the coast of Senegal, across from theHouse of Slaves (Gorée). A project conceived in 1987 by the filmmaker Ousmane William Mbaye, it was opened in 1994 under the direction of Annette Mbaye d’Erneville. Museum exhibits include common objects from the colonial period, farming tools, musical instruments, pottery, basketry, as well as photographs allowing a better understanding of the daily life of women in the country. The prominent figures of Senegalese women’s emancipation are celebrated, for example the novelist Aminata Sow Fall. The building was also previously a courthouse, then the Museum of the Institut fondamental d’Afrique noire which was succeeded in 1966 by Institut Français d’Afrique Noire. Specific projects are aimed at disabled women. Henriette-Bathily Women’s Museum


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The International Museum of Women (IMOW) is an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate, inspire and advance the lives of women around the world. The mission of the International Museum of Women is to inspire creativity, awareness and action on vital global issues for women. IMOW



imagesInternational Women’s Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of women in aviation and space and the documentation of their continuing contributions today and in the future. The museum began as a committee of the Ninety-Nines in order to collect historical artifacts and memorabilia of women pilots. In 1986 the International Women’s Air & Space Museum opened in Centerville, Ohio in the former home of one of the Wright brothers’ uncles. IWASM resided at this location until 1998 when the museum moved to Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, where IWASM is located today, after it outgrew the Centerville home and needed to find a new location. The International Women’s Air & Space Museum’s exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week. Since the International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located throughout the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, a public building, admission to this museum is free. IWASM


imagesThe Karen Blixen Museum, located 10 km outside of Nairobi, Kenya, “at the foot of the Ngong Hills”, is the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate. The Karen Blixen Museum is open every day between 9:30 and 6pm, including on weekends and public holidays. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in continuously offered guided tours of the house, which features rooms designed in both the original decor and with props from the 1985 film. The grounds, which feature original equipment from the coffee farm, are also available for touring. There is also a gift shop. The grounds of the museum are available to rent for weddings, corporate functions, and other events. Karen Blixen Museum


images-1Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum is a museum in Warsaw, Poland, devoted to the life and work of Polish two-time Nobel laureate Maria Skłodowska-Curie (1867–1934). The museum, which is sponsored by the Polish Chemical Society, is the only biographical museum in the world devoted to the discoverer of polonium and radium. The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum was established in 1967, by the Polish Chemical Society, on the centenary of the birth of the physicist-chemist. Participants in the museum’s inauguration included the younger daughter and biographer of Maria Skłodowska-Curie,Eve Curie Labouisse; Eve’s husband, the American politician and diplomat Henry Richardson Labouisse, Jr.; and nine Nobel Prize winners. Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum 



Museum Of Motherhood is a museum, family center and teaching facility with a specific, accessible physical location of both social and educational significance. Documenting the journey of the mother’s evolving role as it pertains to circumstances, environment, responsibilities, health, significance, influence, position, and creativity, the museum studies, collects and disseminates information and education about mothers, motherhood and the evolution of family. M.O.M


nflllogoThe National First Ladies’ Library serves as a unique national resource for patrons from school children to serious scholars.  As a national archive devoted to educating people about the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history, the Library’s holdings fill an informational void that has long frustrated academicians and armchair history buffs alike.  The Library fulfills this mission by serving as a physical educational facility and an electronic virtual library, in an effort to educate people in the United States and around the world. National First Ladies Library


imagesThe National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. Since 1987, NMWA has promoted the best women artists, addressed the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the US and abroad, and assured great female artists a place of honor. NMWA


pwlogo1The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the place of women in history for their special contribution to Australia’s heritage. Founded by Molly Clark of Old Andado Station in 1993 the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame Inc is one of only three women’s museums in operation in Australia. The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Folk Museum near Brisbane and the Pioneer Women’s Hut at Tumbarumba, NSW are of a more local and rural nature. It is one of about 40 women’s museums worldwide, mainly in central Europe, Scandinavia and the USA, but there are also women’s museums in other far-flung places such as Senegal, Vietnam and Ecuador. On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2007, The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame officially opened at its new permanent home, the Old Alice Springs Gaol, 2 Stuart Terrace, Alice Springs. National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame


imgres-2The National Women’s Hall of Fame is an American institution created in 1969 by a group of people in Seneca Falls, New York, the location of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention. The mission of the Hall is “to honor in perpetuity those women, citizens of the United States of America, whose contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy and science, have been the greatest value for the development of their country. National Women’s Hall of Fame



National Women’s History Museum is a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Women’s History Museum currently raises awareness and honors women’s diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum, educational programs, scholarship and research. 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. National Women’s History Museum


imgresProfiles In Motherhood is a dynamic exhibit in that we will be adding more stories all year long, year after year, so visitors to this site can learn what motherhood means to women from all walks of life at NWHM. This exhibit is unique and a preview of a future exhibit in the physical Museum that will be focused on “Everyday Women.”  Over time, we will add exhibits with more of a historical focus on how the concept of motherhood has changed and evolved through the years, but we wanted this particular exhibit to be other than a history lesson.  It is about women’s lives and experiences of being a mother in their own words. The exhibit explores the different facets of motherhood and includes reflections from working, stay-at-home, military, surrogate, foster, adoptive, birth, and step-mothers. The exhibit encompasses only a small portion of the endless stories of motherhood, for indeed, each is unique. Profiles in Motherhood


imgres-2The United States Army Women’s Museum is located in Fort Lee, Virginia. It provides exhibits and information related to the role of women in the United States Army, especially the Women’s Army Corps. The mission of the U.S. Army Women’s Museum is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret historically significant properties related to service of women across all branches and organizations of the United States Army from inception to present day. A secondary purpose of the museum will be to support military training and education of women through its exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and outreach activities. United States Army Women’s Museum


imagesThe Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame honors men and women who have contributed to the sport of women’s basketball. The Hall of Fame opened in 1999 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Knoxville is known for having a large women’s basketball following as well as being the home of the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols basketball team previously coached by legendary women’s coach Pat Summitt who was part of the first class inducted. Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame


imgres-2The Women in Military Service for America Memorial is memorial established by the U.S. federal government which honors women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The memorial is located at the western end ofMemorial Drive at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States. The structure in which the memorial is housed was originally known as the Hemicycle, and built in 1932 to be a ceremonial entrance to the cemetery. It never served this purpose, and was in disrepair by 1986. Congress approved the WIMSA memorial in 1985, and the Hemicycle approved as the site for the memorial in 1988. An open design competition was won by New York architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. Their original design was leaked to the public, and caused significant controversy. WIMSA


logo2012-1Woman Made Gallery is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its goal is to support women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness and advocacy. It specifically accomplishes this through exhibitions which raise public awareness and recognition of women’s cultural contributions. From 1992 through March 2013 WMG has hosted 322 exhibitions, made up of 174 group shows, 109 invitational/solo shows, 40 Artisan Gallery exhibitions, and eleven off-site shows. More than 7,300 women artists have exhibited their work since WMG was established. Woman Made Gallery supports, cultivates and promotes the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs that serve, educate and enrich the community. WMG