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.


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.

Curator Tour (Members): "A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia"

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:00am

Museum members are invited to join Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody, for a tour of the exhibition "A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia."

Evil Eye Merchandise Sale

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Choose from a selection of evil eye merchandise to ward off evil and bring positive energy into your life this fall.

Curator Tour: "A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia"

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:00am

Museum members are invited to join Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody, for a tour of the exhibition "A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia."

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.

Film: "Sevan the Craftsman: Breathing Istanbul's Magic into Jewels"

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:30pm

Sevan the Craftsman tells the story of Sevan Bicakci, a maestro known for transforming precious metals and gems into majestic works of art.

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.

Special Hours: Arthur D. Jenkins Library

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Take advantage of Saturday hours at the library to conduct research or browse hard-to-find print and visual resources on global textiles and traditional dress.


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.

Harshita Designs Trunk Show

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Browse a collection of wearable art for women and men uniquely designed by Harshita Lohia.

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.


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.