March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate not only the contributions and sacrifices of women of the past but also modern women who continue to inspire us every day. It is a time to pass along the stories of the strong women who made us who we are today, as well as educate future generations. Are you looking for somewhere to take your big family this month to learn about Women’s History? Enjoy these 12 places to explore great contributions made by women.
Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington, KY
The wife of 16th President Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln was a fascinating historical figure all on her own. Well-versed in politics, educated, and a statue of sophistication in the White House, the life and times of Mary Todd will take your family through a journey of American women’s history. The one-mile walking tour will take you through Mary’s childhood, but there’s also plenty to do and learn inside the house. Be sure to book online and early, as there is an occupancy limit inside the house.
The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Rochester, NY
One really can’t think of “Women’s History” without thinking about Susan B. Anthony. A revolutionary and leader of the suffragette movement, Susan B Anthony dedicated her life to the rights of women. This home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, with many exhibits and artifacts from its operation. The museum is open to online reservation tour only, so plan ahead!
Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY
The site of the first-ever Women’s Rights Convention, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park takes visitors through the beginnings of the Women’s Rights movement. Outdoor ranger talks are given every day and group tours are offered by experts in women’s history. Visit the houses and explore the lives of influential 19th-century female activists, and learn how the movement got its start in New York.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, TX
Giddy on up cowgirls! Learn about the women who have ruled the world of the wild west. Some current exhibits include the story of women in wild west shows, preservation of Western Women’s History, and test your riding skills in the Bucking Bronco Exhibit. The Hall of Fame features over 200 extraordinary women and their stories. Members include artists, trailblazers, ranchers, entertainers, pioneers, and more.
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY
A trailblazer of her time and an inspiration to this day, Eleanor Rooseveltis a figure that everyone can look up to. Explore the home of Eleanor and Franklin which entertained hundreds of historic figures of the time. Learn about the fascinating and oftentimes testing life of the first lady, and how she overcame her struggles to become an icon of the nation. Be sure to visit when the weather is warm, as there are over a thousand acres of gardens and trails to enjoy!
Molly Brown House Museum, Denver, CO
Known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” this woman of the west was known for her philanthropy, her passion, and constant ability to persevere. Some may remember the iconic role of Kathy Bates in 1997’s Titanic, portraying Molly in all her warmth and care for those around her. Now learn about the real woman who survived the sinking and went on to devote her life to community building and educational development. As Molly once said, “I am a daughter of adventure”.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Church Creek, MD
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is dedicated to the life and achievements of American Hero, Harriet Tubman. Located along the area in which Tubman lived, this center offers education, entertainment, and interactive learning. Walk through the life and times of this inspirational woman and her daring mission to help enslaved persons escape to freedom. Ask also about the self-guided driving tour, which takes you along 36 sites related to Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. Explore hundreds of works by immensely talented female artists and engage in hands-on learning exhibits throughout the museum. Best of all, youth 18 and under get admission FREE. Be sure to check their calendar before visiting, as they are always hosting art chats and talks from the artists and collectors of the museum.
National WASP World War II Museum, Nolan County, TX
Ever heard of the WASPs? Well, you should! The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII were instrumental in the American force of the war. The first women to fly in the US military, these women changed the role of women in aircraft forever. This museum is dedicated to the legacy and history of these historic women and their service to the US. Admission is FREE Thurs – Sat. so be sure to plan ahead!
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, Richmond, CA
Everyone knows how important women at home were in the war effort of WWII, or at least they should! This museum is dedicated to those women who stepped up and took care of the homefront during WWII. Learn about the sacrifices, the jobs, and the stories of the women who inspired the classic Rosie the Riveter. The Visitor Center, Rosie Memorial, and all Richmond parks are FREE to enter, so it’s definitely a worthwhile trip.
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville, TN
For all our sports fans out there, this one’s for you! The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates those women who paved the way and became legends in the world of basketball. Test your skills on the museum court, and compare heights with some of the hall of farmers (trust us, they’re TALL). The museum is also home to the world’s biggest basketball, perfect for an Instagram pic!
Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, Boston, MA
You may be familiar with Boston’s Freedom Trail, which connects sites relating to Revolutionary history, but did you know there is also a women’s history trail? The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail comprises 12 walks highlighting significant places, sculptures, and historic homes and buildings relating to the city’s famous women. The trails are mostly self-guided, so you can take as much or as little time as you need, and go at your own pace!