Outside it looks like just another office building in D.C., inside however it is a grand beauty. What was a former Masonic Grand Lodge, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has crystal chandeliers and a grand staircase. Encompassing four stories of art and sculpture, I recommend using the elevator to go straight to the top of the building and just working your way down.
My favorites are in the middle levels. On the second floor there is a balcony with the temporary exhibits. I like the diversity and the talent projected and the way that it is presented to the viewer. On the third floor there is the permanent collections. Celebrating women artists from the 16th century to the present, there are some real beauty trapped in the canvases. The museum is home to works from such women as Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo.
There are self guided tours and while there is no admission charged to the Museum, there is a donation request. Usually the donation is around $3 for an adult and $2 for children and students. It is located a little out of the way in downtown, and is hard to get to. I believe it is worth it to give kudos to the fine women that have graced our senses with these paintings.
Pros: good history for the empowerment of women
Cons: very underfunded it seems