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.


Special Hours: Museum Shop

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Take advantage of these special hours at the museum shop. Please note that the museum galleries are closed on Tuesdays.

Film: "A Visit to China’s Miao Country"

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Eleanor Coppola shot this documentary in the southern region of China, revealing the extraordinary textile traditions of the Miao culture.

Lecture: "Greetings from Hometown Washington, D.C.!"

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 5:30pm

Join Jerry A. McCoy, special collections librarian at the D.C. Public Library, for a look at unusual vintage postcards of Washington, D.C., and the stories behind the local sites depicted on the cards.


Shop Event: Hottest Summer Sale

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Receive up to 70% off select books, jewelry, textiles, accessories, and wearables.

Family Day: Dear Hamilton, Love Washington

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for a day of family-friendly activities celebrating America's founding fathers, including interactive story time and a create-your-own postcard project.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Moroccan Carpets and Twentieth-Century Design

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:30am

This lecture by collector and author Brooke Pickering Cole explores Moroccan carpets and twentieth-century modernist interiors through the work of influential architects and designers.

Film: "American Experience: Alexander Hamilton"

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 2:30pm

This PBS film examines the life and career of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most controversial men of his age.

Film: "Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo"

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

"Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo" tells the tale behind this rich blue dye.

Film: "American Experience: Alexander Hamilton"

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:30pm

This PBS film examines the life and career of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most controversial men of his age.

Workshop: Knitting by Hand

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Experienced instructor Sandy Hoar will teach you how to knit using just your hands and yarn.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Antique Rugs from Persia and Select Caucasian Rugs

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:30am

This discussion is led by Peter Saunders and Victor Mashihi III, a third-generation buyer, seller, and collector of unique, fine antique rugs from around the world.


"A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia" Exhibition Catalogue Pre-Sale

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 7:00pm

The first fifty pre-orders receive 20% off the exhibition catalogue.

Workshop: Embroidery 101

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Bring your lunch and jump into the basics of embroidery with this introductory session.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: America’s Misunderstood Coverlet Weavers

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:30am

Matthew Monk, PhD candidate in history at the University of Delaware, will demonstrate that nineteenth-century woven coverlets are important artifacts and evidence of America’s path toward industrialization.

Lecture: The Art of the Heart Sutra

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join GW professor Eyal Aviv in the museum's lower-level galleries to examine a Buddhist pilgrim’s jacket on display and learn more about the Buddhist scripture inscribed on the back.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Luxurious Quilts from Nineteenth-Century America

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:30am

Textile curator Elizabeth Lay will examine high-style quilts of the mid-Atlantic area, with examples from the Montgomery County Historical Society’s collection.

Gallery Talk: Art and Mindfulness

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:00pm

Relax in the galleries with an experiential mindfulness activity led by Mental Health staff from GW's Colonial Health Center, and a discussion of the textiles on display.


Lecture: Turkish Legacy in Anatolian Kilims

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 6:30pm

Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody explores the meaning behind remarkable kilims woven by nomadic Anatolian women. A collaboration with the American Turkish Association of Washington, DC.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

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

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

Book Talk: "US Route 1: Baltimore to Washington, D.C."

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

Take a photographic journey along US Route 1, or “America’s Main Street,” in Maryland and D.C., as author Aaron Marcavitch examines the history and evolution of this important road.

Film: "Traveling the Silk Road"

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

This documentary delves into Uzbekistan’s rich culture and history as it uncovers the daily life of its people.

Celebration of Textiles: Turkey

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The museum’s 39th-annual family festival celebrates the textile arts and cultures of Turkey.

Lecture: Cleveland Park Activism Yesterday and Today

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

American University professor Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska will explore Cleveland Park's history of community activism against development, making connections between past and contemporary efforts.

Workshop: Tiny Tapestries

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Complete your own tiny tapestry inspired by the stunning woven textiles on view in "A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia."

Film: "Daughters of Anatolia"

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 5:30pm

This film follows the Gök family, a group of nomadic goat herders, as they travel their seasonal migration from temperate winters along the Mediterranean Sea to cool summers in the Taurus Mountains.

Book Talk: "DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, D.C."

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

Noted historians Maurice Jackson and Blair Ruble, editors of "D.C. Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, D.C.," present a collection of original and fascinating stories about the D.C. jazz scene throughout its history.

Lecture: Body, Ritual, and Cosmology on Daoist Robes

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join GW professor Xiaofei Kang in the museum's lower-level galleries to examine an elaborately embroidered Daoist priest's robe on display.

Photographing Your Art

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Led by photographer Bruce White, this workshop will provide training in a variety of techniques to document your textile art through digital photography.

Conference: Unveiling Fashion: Conversations About Fashion and Sustainability

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This conference examines the negative impact of the fashion industry, and ways that individuals can implement sustainable changes in their own lives and neighborhoods. Presented by the DC Sustainable Fashion Collective.


Cataloging Your Art

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Learn how to catalog art objects according to VRA Core, a data standard hosted by the Library of Congress, with Curator of Contemporary Art Camille Ann Brewer.


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.