Frequently Asked Questions



What are the National Women’s Hall of Fame hours of operations? 

Our gallery is currently closed for the winter.

Can I book a group visit to the Hall?

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is excited to host groups during our regular operating hours, and whenever possible we can accommodate groups traveling outside of our regular operating hours. Two weeks advance notice is appreciated for all group visit reservations.

If you would like to make a group visit reservation outside of normal operating hours, please email the Hall at  to check availability. All other groups can make a reservation using the Group Visit Request Form. A staff member will contact you to finalize your visit once you submit a Group Visit Request Form.

What kinds of programs does the NWHF offer?

The National Women’s Hall of Fame hosts Induction Weekend where distinguished American women are celebrated for their significant contributions to society; offers virtual engagement opportunities; implements educational programs, including visiting authors, lecturers, and programs of special interest; and welcomes group and school visits.



What is the National Women’s Hall of Fame?

The National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF/The Hall), founded in 1969, is the nation’s first and oldest non-profit organization and museum dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. In pursuit of its mission, “Showcasing great women… Inspiring all!”, the National Women’s Hall of Fame honors the women of the past and present, relates the history of women’s struggles, prepares the women of the future, and serves as the voice celebrating the value of women.


Where is the NWHF located and why?

The National Women’s Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 in historic Seneca Falls, New York, the birthplace of the American Women’s Rights Movement. The founders established the National Women’s Hall of Fame believing that the contributions of American women deserved a permanent home. In 1979, the National Women’s Hall of Fame moved to a former bank building in the heart of the Seneca Falls Historic District. In 2020 the NWHF moved to its current home in the newly renovated 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill Building at 1 Canal St. Learn more information about the Mill here.


How can I become a member?

Visit this link. All members receive free admission to the exhibit gallery, discounts in the Hall’s physical and virtual gift shops, invitations to Hall events, special member pricing at Hall events, and monthly e-blasts with current news and information.


How does the NWHF operate?

As a not-for-profit membership organization, the National Women’s Hall of Fame is led by an executive director that reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. A small paid staff is responsible for running the gallery, implementing programming, and increasing awareness and support for the Hall locally, regionally, and nationally.


How does the NWHF receive funding?

More than 90% of the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s revenue comes from generous donations from individuals, corporations, granting agencies, and foundations. The Hall is also supported financially through gallery admissions, gift shop sales, and special events.  Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The National Women’s Hall of Fame is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not receive federal government funding. Donate here! 



How many women have been inducted into the Hall?

There have been 302 women inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. For a complete list of Inductees, click here.


How are the Inductees chosen?

To be considered for Induction, a woman must first be nominated. Anyone can nominate an American citizen to be inducted. To read more about the nomination criteria and instructions to complete a nomination form, click here.  Nominations are reviewed and scored by a panel of external judges, who have been selected as experts in their various fields but are not necessarily connected to the Hall.


What makes a good nomination?

Nominations must be completely researched, with all questions answered fully and sources cited. Please be as objective as possible when writing a nomination. Supporting materials are not sent on to the judges. Click here to complete a nomination form.


Does the NWHF induct living or deceased women?

The National Women’s Hall of Fame inducts both living and deceased women.


Can you help me contact one of the Inductees?

The National Women’s Hall of Fame does not share Inductee contact information.




Can I use information and photographs from your website?

The use of photographs from our website will be determined on a case-by-case basis; please email us at to request permission.


I’m doing research about an Inductee, can I access your Inductee files for my research?

Yes. The National Women’s Hall of Fame has a file of information about each of our Inductees. If you are interested in doing research, please email


How do I cite your website?

Text from our website may be used with permission and cited as “National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY, [year].”


How are you related to other women’s sites like the National Women’s History Museum and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park?

Although we are a separate entity, the National Women’s Hall of Fame applauds the efforts of other organizations dedicated to recognizing women and their achievements. For more information on the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the Golden Passport Program, click here.