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.

December

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.

Museum Shop: Holiday Hours

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.

Museum Shop: Holiday Hours

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

Take advantage of these special hours to find holiday gifts.

January

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: A Carpet Potpourri

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:30am

David Zahirpour will share an eclectic mix of carpets from his collection and explain why he cannot part with them.

Workshop: Repair and Refresh

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Member Program: "Rodarte" Exhibition Tour

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:00am

Gather with fellow museum members for a special tour of the first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts: "Rodarte."

Historical Clothes from Africa and Asia

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Join collector Steve Price to review why clothing exists and its cultural role, followed by a discussion of examples of African beaded and strip-woven garments.

Workshop: WWII and Knit Your Bit

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us for a quick talk on how the American Red Cross engaged the public to knit much-needed items for soldiers during World War II.

February

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

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

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

Afghan War Rugs from the Soviet Invasion to U.S. Drones

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Soon after the arrival of the Soviets in 1979, women in Afghanistan began to weave the violence they encountered in their daily lives into wool rugs and created patterns with grenades, AK-47s, and helicopters. Writer Mimi Kirk will explore the history, context, and meaning of these remarkable objects.

Workshop: Needle Felting

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

Celebrate your freedom to love by making a heart “felt” valentine gift for someone special in your life—or to keep!

Film: "Hugo Boss’ Secret Nazi History, Fashion at War"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Explore the unknown, dark history of fashion brand Hugo Boss in this documentary produced by Made to Measure, a new fashion video network.

“Frass-tacular!” Textile Conservation for WWI Aircraft Fabric

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:30am

Join Engen Pre-Program Conservation Fellow Meghann Girard for this talk on the collaborative and innovative textile conservation techniques developed at the National Air and Space Museum to treat fabric panels from a World War II bomber.

Workshop: Repair and Refresh

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

March

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

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

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

Japanese Resist-Dyeing Technique

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Join Jeffrey Krauss, collector of resist-dyed Japanese textiles, for a showcase of these dyeing methods and the chance to view videos of Japanese craftsmen demonstrating their skills and assisting machinery.

Film: "Hugo Boss’ Secret Nazi History, Fashion at War"

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Explore the unknown, dark history of fashion brand Hugo Boss in this documentary produced by Made to Measure, a new fashion video network.

Lecture: "The Monument Quilt" Blankets the National Mall

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

Brancato and Flagg will talk about the artist/activist collective FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and their work creating public art projects to foster difficult and honest conversations around the r

The Dark Side of the Textile Trade

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:30am

George Mason University's Louise Shelley will reveal a largely unknown story of crime and state-sponsored criminal trade in this survey of the abuses of the textile trade for both commercial and political objectives.