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.


Book Talk: "Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around D.C."

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:00pm

Anthropologist and author Jenny Masur tells the stories of unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad from her new book.

Book Talk: "Partnership Power: Essential Museum Strategies for Today's Networked World"

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 5:30pm

National museum leader Marsha L. Semmel draws on her own career and the various case studies in her recent book to explore sustained museum-community partnerships

Film Shorts: "Unravel" and "Occupation: Mill Worker"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

"Unravel" follows the western world’s least-wanted clothes on a journey across northern India. "Occupation: Mill Worker" documents the events of February, 1992, when workers forcibly occupied the factories of Mumbai’s New Great Eastern Mill after a four-year lock-out.

Film: "The Man in the White Suit"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:00pm

Join us for a screening of this 1951 film about a chemist who creates the perfect white suit—which turns out to be very bad for business.

Curator Tour: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Tour the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" with co-curators Bibiana Obler and Phyllis Rosenzweig.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Artful African and Asian Garments

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:30am

Collector Steve Price gives an overview on why clothing exists and its cultural role, followed by a presentation of garments from Africa and Central, mainland Southeast, and East Asia.

Lecture: Rosetta Tharpe: Black Queer Icon

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Gayle Wald, author and chair of GW's Department of American Studies, discusses black queer icon Rosetta Tharpe.

Workshop: Beaded Gloves

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Embellish a pair of gloves with beads and other decorations, inspired by Jon Eric Riis's contemporary artwork "Hands of the Oracle"

Workshop: Motifs, Migrations, and Misappropriations

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Join artist and activist Frau Fiber in this hands-on workshop that reimagines a Syrian tunic from the Textile Museum collections using discarded t-shirts, remnants of our consumer culture.

Member Program: "Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion" Curator Tour

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

This exhibition at Dumbarton Oaks Museum brings together complete tunics, parts of garments, and contemporary replicas of ancient dress to evoke the fashions of this now lost world.

Conference: Unveiling Fashion: Textiles, Design, and the New Circular Economy

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Join in a collaboration with the D.C. Sustainable Fashion Collective and GW’s Office of Sustainability to understand the relationship between the consumer and the fashion industry and learn about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Trunk Show: McKernan Scarves

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Located just off the wild Atlantic Way in County Clare, Ireland, McKernan Woolen Mills creates beautiful handwoven scarves that blend quality, functionality, tradition, and skill.

Book Talk: "Larry Felder Candidate"

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey for a talk about his new novel about a big-time newspaper and contemporary Washington-area politics.


Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Lecture/Show and Tell: From Qing to Xi Jinping: Two Centuries of Chinese Rug Design

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:30am

Collector Colin England gives a quick overview of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century rugs produced in China using designs from Chinese, Persian, Turkish, and other sources.

Performance and Sing Along: Songs of the Civil War

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of Civil War-era songs performed by the Washington Revels Heritage Voices, and a sing along of familiar melodies.

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln in Words and Music

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Claire Jerry, lead curator of political history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, reveals the nuances of Lincoln’s speeches and his use of language.

Central Asia Crafts and Couture Market

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 2:00pm to Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

Purchase one-of-a-kind, handwoven merchandise from Central Asia at this four-day market.

Film: "Maquilapolis"

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

This documentary is a collaboration among filmmakers Sergio de la Torre and Vicky Funari, factory workers, and community organizations that depicts globalization through the eyes of the women who live on the frontlines.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Ottoman Rug and Textile Masterpieces in Budapest

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Simon Ferenc Toth discusses 15th- to 18th-century masterpieces of Islamic art from the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts, which holds the world’s second largest collection of Ottoman Turkish carpets.

Lecture: D.C. Murals: Spectacle and Story

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

Discover the stories behind many of the public murals that decorate the streets of Washington, D.C.

Lecture: Mysteries of Cairo’s Magnificent Mamluk Carpets

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Scholar Rosamund E. Mack sheds light on the origins and early history of carpets in Granada, Jerusalem, and the Vatican, which has long been a mystery. A collaboration with the International Hajji Baba Society.

Lecture: D.C.'s Fort Reno Community After the Civil War

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Learn the history of D.C's Fort Reno community after the Civil War.

Discussion: Presidential Memorabilia in the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join fellow museum members for a special peek at presidential memorabilia in the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

Workshop: Choosing Fabrics for Your Home

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Textile designer and expert in furnishing fabrics Karthika Audinet leads a discussion that will help you select fabrics and furnishings with confidence.

Book Talk: "The Property of the Nation: George Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President"

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

Author Matthew R. Costello examines how the memory of George Washington was a deliberately constructed image through the story of his tomb.


Publishing Your Collection

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:30am

Longtime collector and scholar Raoul (“Mike”) Tschebull discusses his new book, "Qarajeh to Quba," a study based on his collection of rural rugs and flatwoven textiles from northern Iran and the Transcaucasus.

Lecture: African Americans Serving in Contraband Hospitals

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Learn the story of one hospital in Washington, D.C., that treated black soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War.

Museum Shop Holiday Market

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

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

Student Presentations: Art, Sustainability, and Activism

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran as graduate students present their semester-long research projects on topics concerning the production and distribution of textiles and clothing.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

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

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

Colloquium: New Threads: Recent Research on Egyptian Textiles

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

Inspired by new exhibitions on the fashion and furnishings of early medieval Egypt, this colloquium features new research from five distinguished scholars that will challenge your concepts of these ancient textile artworks.

Film: "Immortal Egypt: Invasion"

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

In the final episode of this BBC documentary series, professor Joan Fletcher explores how ancient Egypt's story fits together.

Film: "RiverBlue"

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

This feature-length documentary chronicles paddler and conservationist Mark Angelo's journey to uncover and document the extensive pollution impacts of the global fashion industry.

Skills and Stories of Moroccan Women Artisans

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:30am

Anthropologist Susan Davis discusses her award-winning book, which tells the stories of Moroccan women artisans.

Panel Discussion: Masculinity in the Civil War

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join two acclaimed scholars and authors to explore which aspects of masculinity were celebrated and shamed during the mid-nineteenth century.

Gallery Talk: Flax, Fibers, and Fabric in "Woven Interiors"

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join Lori Kartchner from the museum's Education Department to explore the story of linen through works on view in "Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt."

George Hewitt Myers Award

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

On Thursday evening, November 21, the museum will honor Dr. Thomas P. Campbell with the George Hewitt Myers Award for lifetime achievement in the textile arts.

Lecture: History of the U.S. Marine Corps Band

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join U.S. Marine Corps musician and librarian Charles Paul for a unique history of the President’s Own, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization.


Shop Event: Museum Store Sunday

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Visit the museum shop on Museum Store Sunday for special discounts and perks.

Book Talk: "St. Elizabeth’s in Washington, D.C.: Architecture of an Asylum"

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

National Building Museum Curator Sarah Leavitt traces the architectural evolution of St. Elizabeth's, a mental health hospital since 1852, and the way its specialized architecture and landscape served the mentally ill.

Student Presentations: Art, Sustainability, and Activism

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran as graduate students present their semester-long research projects on topics concerning the production and distribution of textiles and clothing.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Lecture: Creating Opportunities for Coptic Women in Rural Egypt

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 5:30pm

Nermien Riad, executive director of Coptic Orphans, discusses B’edaya, their microfinance initiative tailored to help widowed mothers claim financial independence through textile and other work.

Student Presentations: George Washington and His World

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

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

Gallery Talk: A Closer Look at a 19th-Century Syrian Boy’s Coat

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody in the galleries as she discusses an extremely rare and exquisitely decorated boy's coat in The Textile Museum Collection.