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.


Library Event: Textile Research Day

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This research fair, organized by the museum's Arthur D. Jenkins Library, brings together Washington-area university students and recent graduates to share what they've learned about textiles.

Family Day: Chinese Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Celebrate the year of the dog with unique traditions from China’s Guizhou Province and tours of the new exhibition "Vanishing Traditions."

CANCELED: Lisner Auditorium and Racial Justice in D.C.

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

This program has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

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

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

Panel Discussion: A Ten-Year Reflection on the Williams Administration’s Development Legacy

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 3:30pm

The museum will host a conversation with the former mayor Anthony Williams and other panelists discussing the development choices of his administration, including efforts to maintain affordable housing in the District today. A collaboration with the Center for Washington Area Studies.

Shop Event: Treasures from China Trunk Show

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Browse and purchase traditional clothing, baby carriers, children's hats, woven quilted bedcovers, and jewelry from China's Guizhou Province.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: American Textiles and the Great War

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Madelyn Shaw, curator of textiles at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, examines the impact of World War I on the nation's textile industries.

Lecture: The Archaeology of the West End

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

Archaeologist Ruth Trocolli will explore historic and prehistoric evidence in Washington, D.C.’s West End neighborhood and discuss upcoming archeological projects in the area.

Workshop: Learn to Sketch Textiles

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00pm

Graduate students from the GW Interior Architecture program will lead a workshop focused on sketching artworks in the exhibition "Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China."

Curator Tour (Members): "Binding the Clouds: Central Asian Ikat"

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:30am

Museum members are invited to join Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody, for a tour of the exquisite artworks in "Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat."

Curator Tour: "Binding the Clouds: Central Asian Ikat"

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 11:00am

Vistors are invited to join Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody, for a special tour of the exquisite artworks in "Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat."

Lecture: Peaceful Protest in Benjamin Banneker’s "Almanack and Ephemeris"

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

Benjamin Banneker was born a free black man in Ellicott Mills, Maryland, in 1731. GW special collections librarian Leah Richardson explores Banneker’s subversive use of the almanac genre.

Film: "Love Songs of the Miao in China"

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

This richly photographed film captures the lifestyle of the Miao, an ethnic minority group that hails from deep in the mountains of southern China.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Highlights from the International Symposium on Azerbaijani Carpets

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:30am

Textile Museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan, together with museum docents Amy Rispin and Pat Reilly, will discuss the exhibitions and scholarship on Azerbaijani carpets that was presented at the 2017 international symposium.

Lecture: An Elite 19th-Century Black Enclave Hidden in D.C. History

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

Archivist Vakil Smallen will present evidence that, in the late nineteenth century, the four blocks at the intersection of D.C.'s 16th and M streets, NW, were home to elite members of Washington’s black community.

A Night on the Silk Road

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Join art enthusiasts for an evening honoring Dr. Guido Goldman with the George Hewitt Myers Award for his lifetime achievement in furthering the field of textile arts through his efforts to raise international appreciation of the art of Central Asian ikat.

Book Talk: "Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C."

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

Author Amanda Huron discusses her new book focused on the affordable housing cooperatives created by low-income tenants in D.C. to fight gentrification.