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.

October

Lecture: Lafayette in Washington, 1824-25

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Tudor Place Executive Director Mark Hudson shares insights into the Marquis de Lafayette's visits to Washington in 1824 and 1825, including a stop at Tudor Place in 1824.

SOLD OUT: Panel Discussion: Mapping Segregation in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:30pm

This program is sold out.

Gallery Talk: Messages in Pre-Columbian Textiles

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

Accompany distinguished textile scholar Ann Pollard Rowe on a journey through the lower-level galleries examining four pre-Columbian textiles on display.

SOLD OUT: Lecture: Art Historians and Anatolian Kilims

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:30pm

This program is sold out.

Show and Tell: Kilims from Your Collection

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:30am

Join us for a lively show-and-tell program with fellow kilim collectors and experts.

Lecture: Unofficial "Hamilton: An American Musical" Location Guide

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

Scholar and author Bryan Barreras explains how locations from Hamilton’s life are connected to songs in the musical, and provides historical information about each location.

November

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curators and conservators.

Lecture: Untold Stories of Anacostia Park

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

In celebration of the centennial anniversary of Anacostia Park, Vince Vaise shares events that took place along the Anacostia River that shaped the course of American history.

Museum Shop Holiday Market

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

Visit our museum shop and twenty other museum shops in the area under one roof at Strathmore's annual holiday market.

Gallery Talk: Kilims, Nomads, and Sheep

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join Buffalo State College professor Kimberly Hart in the galleries as she gives context on the nomadic lifestyle that produced the kilims on display.

Lecture: Josephine Powell’s Life and Legacy

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:30pm

Kimberly Hart, the late Josephine Powell’s student, will discuss her mentor’s extraordinary life, exploring her work as a photographer, textile collector, and more.

Workshop: Storing Your Art

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Museum conservators will provide information on how a variety of flat and dimensional textiles from The Textile Museum's collections are stored, to inform participants on how best to store their own work.

Family Day: I Can See My House From Here!

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Join "Eye of the Bird" artist Peter Waddell for a day of family-friendly activities designed to help you see Washington, D.C., from a bird’s eye perspective.

Book Talk: "Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People"

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

Authors Don Alexander Hawkins and Pamela Scott discuss the convoluted and fascinating history of Capitol Hill.

Holiday Hours: Museum Shop

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Take advantage of these special hours to find holiday gifts.

Lecture: Shipibo-Conibo Textiles from the Peruvian Amazon

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 5:30pm

Drawing on anthropological theory, GW professor Erica Wortham will map out the context and complexity behind Shipibo-Conibo textiles and their circulation beyond the Peruvian Amazon.

Lecture: Ajrakh Textile Traditions in Contemporary Art and Craft

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join artist Shelly Jyoti as she shares how her keen interest in India’s material and socio-political history has inspired her textile work over the past few decades.

Lecture/Fashion Show: Peruvian Ethnic Fashion

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Chio Lecca, founder of Chio Lecca Fashion School, will discuss ethnic fashion and its social impact, followed by a fashion show and Peruvian refreshments.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Azerbaijani Carpets and Scholarship

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:30am

Museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss the exhibitions and scholarship on Azerbaijani carpets that were presented at the International Symposium on Azerbaijani Carpets in October 2017.

Holiday Hours: Museum Shop

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Take advantage of these special hours to find holiday gifts.

Lecture and Gallery Talk: Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

Discover how students are working with the museum’s Washingtoniana Collection, through talks and a guided tour of the exhibition "Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection."

Holiday Hours: Museum Shop

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Take advantage of these special hours to find holiday gifts.

Arts and Drafts Social Hour: Bird’s Eye Views and D.C. Brews

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy D.C. brews while you learn how to create a simple bird’s eye view drawing with "Eye of the Bird" exhibition artist Peter Waddell.

Workshop: Repair and Refresh

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

December

Shop Event: Woven Stories Trunk Show

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

For one-day only, view and purchase one-of-a-kind vegetable dyed, hand-spun wool tribal and village rugs.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Historical and Contemporary Carpets from Central Asia

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:30am

Join local dealer Mehmet Yalcin and and blogger R. John Howe for a discussion of selected carpets from Central Asia.

Lecture: Painting L’Enfant’s Washington

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Artist Peter Waddell discuss his monumental bird’s eye view paintings depicting Washington, D.C.'s origins, and the extensive research behind them.

Holiday Hours: Museum Shop

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Take advantage of these special hours to find holiday gifts.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curators and conservators.

Curator Tour: Washingtonians’ Plan for Washington, D.C.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 11:00am

Join us for a tour exploring D.C.’s dynamic planned—and unplanned—history with curator Jackie Streker.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Silk Stories

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:30am

Join textile photographer, multimedia storyteller, and museum docent Pamela Kaplan for a behind-the-scenes view into silk production in India and other parts of the world.

Student Presentations: George Washington and His World

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

GW students share their findings after a semester of in-depth research about George Washington at Mount Vernon.

Holiday Hours: Museum Shop

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Take advantage of these special hours to find holiday gifts.

Film: "Shipibo: The Movie of Our Memories"

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

This 2011 film explores the Peruvian tribe whose textiles inspired artist Faig Ahmed's work on view in "Faig Ahmed: Nonvisual Language."

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Swedish Folk Weavings for Oriental Rug Lovers

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:30am

Using textiles and images, museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss several important types of rare, distinctive, and handsome Swedish folk weavings made ca. 1700–1850.

Holiday Hours: Museum Shop

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Take advantage of these special hours to find holiday gifts.