Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

All Programs by Date

Photo of GW student dance troupe performing at the museum
Dancers perform at the members' October 2011 reception for the museum's "Weaving Abstraction" exhibition. Photo by Kevin Allen.

Educational programs include lectures, films, gallery talks, workshops, and more, and are held at the museum unless otherwise indicated. Keep reading for a full list of our upcoming offerings.


Curator Tour (Members): "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms"

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am

Museum members are invited to join exhibition curator Stephanie Plunkett, for a tour of "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms."

Film: "Hugo Boss’ Secret Nazi History, Fashion at War"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Explore the unknown, dark history of fashion brand Hugo Boss in this documentary produced by Made to Measure, a new fashion video network.

Lecture/Show and Tell: “Frass-tacular!” Textile Conservation for WWII Aircraft Fabric

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:30am

Join conservation fellow Meghann Girard for a talk on the collaborative and innovative textile conservation techniques developed at the National Air and Space Museum to treat fabric panels from a World War II bomber.

Book Talk: "Lipstick Brigade"

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Author Cindy Gueli will discuss the captivating, surprising, and moving first-person stories she collected for her book about the incredible women who supported the WWII effort in Washington, D.C.

Lecture: Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:30pm

How does a commitment to religious freedom impact U.S. foreign policy? Join us for a lecture by Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, on how this American value shapes relationships abroad.

Workshop: Repair and Refresh

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Gather your items that need a little TLC and join us for a casual mending session.


Family Day: Freedom from Want

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

GW students and Washington, D.C., area families are invited to collaborate on a service project to support local families in need. A collaboration with GW's Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

Lecture: Winston in Washington

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us as Lee Pollock, interim executive director of the International Churchill Society, shares stories and history of Winston Churchill in Washington D.C.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Learn more about your own textiles from museum curators and conservators.

Film and Discussion: "By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam"

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30pm

This timely film documents the history of anti-Muslim racism and xenophobia through the story of NBA all-star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson). A collaboration with GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Japanese Resist-Dyeing Technique

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Join Jeffrey Krauss, collector of resist-dyed Japanese textiles, for a showcase of these dyeing methods and videos of Japanese craftsmen demonstrating their skills and assisting machinery.

Lecture: Enslaved Laborers at Georgetown University, 1792–1862

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

Elsa Mendoza examines slavery's role in the operation of Georgetown University through primary sources, includes diaries, letters, and other records.

Lecture: Spies in Washington

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Vince Houghton, curator at the International Spy Museum, will discuss the presence and actions of spies in Washington, D.C., during World War II.

Film: "Hugo Boss’ Secret Nazi History, Fashion at War"

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Explore the unknown, dark history of fashion brand Hugo Boss in this documentary produced by Made to Measure, a new fashion video network.

Lecture: Foodways in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

The authors of "Bread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve" trace the reserve's history, as well as the contemporary challenges faced by family farms trying to establish a new generation, new farmers seeking land and markets, and the shared community efforts required to preserve this special place.

Lecture: Norman Rockwell and American Freedom

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm

Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings from their evolution to their impact. A collaboration with GW's Department of American Studies and Art History.

Lecture: "The Monument Quilt" Blankets the National Mall

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

Artists Hannah Brancato and Shanti Flagg will talk about the artist/activist collective FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and their work creating public art projects to foster conversations around sexual and domestic violence.

Film and Discussion: "The Delano Manongs" and the Legacy of the Filipino Farmworkers

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

"The Delano Manongs" tells the story of Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers whose 1965 strike brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a discussion led by curator Theadore Gonzalvez from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Lecture/Show and Tell: The Dark Side of the Textile Trade

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:30am

George Mason University's Louise Shelley will reveal a largely unknown story of crime and state-sponsored criminal trade in this survey of the abuses of the textile trade for both commercial and political objectives.


Panel Discussion: Twenty-Five Years After the Rwandan Genocide

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:30pm

Join us for a discussion reflecting on the legacy of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi in the lives of its survivors. A collaboration with GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Lecture: National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Doug Ichiugi will provide insight into the design and impact of the memorial, which reflects on the legacy of Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II.

Artist Talks: Reimagining the Four Freedoms in Fiber

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join local artists Amy Wike and Esther Iverem for a discussion of their fiber artworks featured in the exhibition "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms."