Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Free student-led tours of the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" are offered Saturdays at 1 p.m. at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.

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.


Panel Discussion: Is Sustainable Fashion Possible?

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Panelists from diverse fields will tackle some of the fundamental questions raised by the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" in this special closing event.

Lecture: Irregularities and Variations in Oriental Rug Designs

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10:30am

Collector Shiv Sikri makes a persuasive case for why irregularities and variations in oriental rugs may represent traditional practices rather than individual improvisations. A collaboration with the International Hajji Baba Society.

Tour: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design for a free, student-led tour of the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tour: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design for a free, student-led tour of the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art."

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.

Tour: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design for a free, student-led tour of the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art."


Library Event: Textile Research Day

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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.