A new Museum of Women is coming to Soho this summer

It may be Women’s History Month now, but a new Museum of Women is coming to Soho this summer and its founders aim to empower women with over a dozen fun-filled, colorful and immersive exhibits to get those violent hormones flowing.

While the exact concepts are still evolving, “it’s going to be really interactive,” says the museum’s real estate agent, Josh Berger of Norman Bobrow & Co.

“It’s a cool concept that aims to empower women,” Berger said

Founder Abby Trott said she has assembled a team of “amazing, talented women” to design the upcoming exhibits at 480 Broadway between Broome and Grand Streets.

“We want to use art to stimulate critical thinking and conversation,” Trott explained. “We’re trying to create a space that allows women – and anyone who identifies as a woman – to have a physical space to connect and be seen and heard, and a space to define what it means to her to be a woman.”

A representation of the museum building.
A rendering of the museum building.

Different spaces will highlight the female experience and inspire women through their interactions with the art.

For example, in one area, visitors can write down their fears or something that’s holding them back, shred it up, and then toss the colored debris around the room “to physically free it from your sense of self.”

Trott works with many women artists to empower people to find their own path and fill their lives with color.

“This is just a reinterpretation of an art museum by a new generation, and we hope it will have a positive impact,” she said. “Everything will be kid-friendly and we hope it can be a place for young girls to have conversations that we couldn’t have at their age.”

The former Top Shop area even has escalators, making it easy for visitors to glide through its 25,422 square feet across three levels.

But this is what the space at 480 West Broadway currently looks like.
The room at 480 West Broadway currently looks like this.
William Farington
It had housed a top shop.
It had housed a top shop.
William Farington

Building owner Greg Kraut, CEO of KPF Funds, said the museum will be an “innovative experience that’s perfect for Soho.” KPF was also represented in the negotiations by the Ripco Real Estate team consisting of Richard Skulnik, Lindsay Zegans and Ben Sabin. The asking rent for the entire space was $200 per foot.

“We couldn’t imagine a more iconic place to be home to the bold experience we are building to transform the way we hear, define and listen to women,” added Trott.

The museum will open this summer and is expected to run until at least the end of the year. A new Museum of Women is coming to Soho this summer


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