Lady Gaga’s famous meat dress, along with its gay rights message, has made its way to America’s capital.

The star’s dress from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards is now dried and painted to restore its raw meat colour.

It’s being displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in an exhibit opening tomorrow with items from other pioneering women in music.

When Gaga wore the dress, she was accompanied by gay US soldiers affected by the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Gaga later explained that if people don’t stand up for their rights, they’ll have as many rights as a piece of meat.

Curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger told the Associated Press the exhibit is inherently political, as it highlights many of the “first ladies of rock” who have spoken loud and clear on women’s rights, gay rights and other issues through their music.

It features items from Cher, the B-52s, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna’s provocative outfit from her “Blonde Ambition” tour.

Last month, it was reported Gaga was building an extension to her home on the Greek island of Crete for her godson Zachary, son of Sir Elton John and David Furnish.