Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered weekends at 1:30 p.m. (textile tour) and 2:45 p.m. (Washingtoniana tour).

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.


Film: "Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt"

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

NPR's video and blog series chronicles the journey to make an ordinary t-shirt—from cotton farm to finished product.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Exploring Tibetan Weavings

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:30am

With the aid of examples, Massachusetts-based dealer Nicholas H. Wright will illuminate challenges in researching Tibetan weavings, including provenance within Tibet, dating weavings, and dyestuffs.

Lecture: (Re)Discovering the Tradition of Social Activism in D.C.

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Mitch Snyder (1943-1990) was a radical advocate for the rights of homeless people, and leader of the Community for Creative Non-Violence in D.C. Leah Richardson—public services, research, and instruction librarian for GW Gelman Library—will highlight lesser known stories about his life and work.


Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Help Make A Museum!

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, this special event offers a sneak peak into plans for a new Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., and gives participants an opportunity to share feedback.

Trip: Textile Treasures of Tudor Place

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 10:30am

Join us at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden in Georgetown for an up-close look at rarely seen pieces from their collection of eighteenth- to twentieth-century household textiles and costumes.

Book Talk: "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush"

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

In her book, GW Associate Professor of Theater Jodi Kanter analyzes presidential libraries as performances that encourage visitors to think in particular ways about executive leadership and about their own roles in public life.

Lecture: Red Cross Wartime Knitting

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00pm

Susan Robbins Watson, archivist and manager for historical programs and collections at the American Red Cross, and Tom Goehner, curator of education, discuss the phenomenon of Red Cross wartime knitting and its impact on knitting today.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: A Survey of Books on Oriental Rugs

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:30am

Paul Kreiss, owner of the Rug Book Shop in Baltimore, Md., will bring in a selection of volumes from his collection and discuss the range of quality and scholarship found in books about rugs.

Lecture: Pompeii on the Potomac - Brumidi's Senate Frescoes

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Elise Friedland, GW associate professor of classics and art history, will highlight the connections between early America and ancient Rome by examining the frescoes Constantino Brumidi painted in Senate offices.

Gallery Talk: Building Textile Displays

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

Join Richard Timpson and Doug Anderson from the museum's exhibition production team as they discuss the key elements, ideas, and challenges in designing a museum exhibition.

Book Talk: "The Politics of Staying Put: Condo Conversion and Tenant Right to Buy in Washington, D.C."

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

In her book, American University professor Carolyn A. Gallaher focuses on a formal, city-sponsored initiative—the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act—that helps people keep their homes.

Lecture: Cataloguing Your Collection

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Whether you are just beginning to assemble a collection or have been collecting art for years, Camille Ann Brewer, curator of contemporary art, will discuss the professional standards that are used to create an art catalogue.

Artist Talk: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Internationally celebrated fiber artist and educator Yoshiko Wada will shed light on Japanese textile and fashion designers whose spectacular, unconventional works have had global influence.

SOLD OUT: Workshop: Kimono, Origami, and Modules

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

This program is sold out.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: New Research on Transylvanian Rugs

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 10:30am

Join researcher Stefano Ionescu, specialist on Anatolian carpets in Transylvania, for this special session on seventeenth-century Anatolian rugs.

Lecture/Show and Tell: 18th-19th Century Turkish Rugs and Their Relationship to the ‘Transylvanian’ Group

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 2:00pm

Award-winning scholar and author Stefano Ionescu will present plain-niche and column ‘Transylvanian’ rugs from various sources. This program is presented by the International Hajji Baba Society.

Lecture: Hollywood Representations of the National Capital from Jefferson Smith to Selena Meyer

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Hollywood depictions of D.C. have introduced a full spectrum of emotional perspectives. GW associate professor Michael Cornfield explores how we as citizens perform reality checks while enjoying these escapes into the imagination.

Workshop: Learn to Crochet

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Learn to crochet on your lunch break with textile artist Sandy Hoar from GW’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Lecture: The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson, “The Silk King of Thailand”

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join Dr. Llewellyn Toulmin, the co-founder of Missing Aircraft Search Team, as he analyzes the fifty-year-old mystery of the disappearance of Jim Thompson, who revitalized the Thai silk industry. Co-sponsored with the International Spy Museum.


Artist Talk: Dave Cole

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

New York artist Dave Cole will discuss the role of textiles in his own work, in material culture, and in contemporary fine art.


Okinawan Odyssey: Tokyo and the Ryukyu Islands

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, June 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

Join us for a brief stop in Tokyo followed by an extended visit to the tropical islands of Okinawa.