How do you build a museum?


From its founding, NWHM has worked diligently towards obtaining a permanent museum site in the nation’s capital on or near the National Mall. Such prestigious space requires Congressional approval. In December 2014, Congress passed legislation calling for the creation of a privately funded, bipartisan congressional commission to study and produce a plan for a national women's history museum in the nation's capital. The bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

What happens next?

In May 2015, eight commissioners were appointed to the Congressional Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum. The Commissioners, two appointed by each Congressional leader, are: Jane Abraham (chair), Bridget Bush, Mary Boies, Maria Socorro Pesqueira, Marilyn Musgrave, Kathy Wills Wright, Emily Rafferty, and Pat Mitchell. The Commission, the first privately-funded Congressional Commission for a museum, will be responsible for making a recommendation to Congress regarding the creation of the museum. The Commissioners are charged with studying the cost, impact, fundraising and location of the museum and will report their findings in November 2016.

About the National Women's History Museum

The National Women’s History Museum’s was founded in 1996. It is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization working to build a world-class museum on or near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Currently, the National Women’s History Museum 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. It uses innovative and engaging techniques, including permanent and online exhibits, educational programs, and outreach efforts to communicate the breadth of women's experiences and accomplishments to audiences. We believe that by sharing this knowledge we can 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.


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