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.


Shop Event: National Tea Day Sale

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Purchase tea sets, cups, and mugs at a 25% discount. Enjoy complimentary tea and light refreshments in the lobby.

Lecture: Sacred Spaces in the Story of D.C.'s Neighborhoods

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

In this talk, Elizabeth Laird, executive director of the Sacred Spaces Conservancy, will share the history and social impact of D.C.'s sacred spaces in the city's neighborhoods.

Lecture: The Way We Wore, WWII

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join textile historian Julie Geschwind for a look at how fashions, textiles, designs, and their inspirations evolved during the late 1930s to early 1940s.

Member Program: Rare Books in the Arthur D. Jenkins Library

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join fellow museum members for a discussion about two rare books in the Arthur D. Jenkins Library led by Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody, Curator Lee Talbot, and Librarian Tracy Meserve.

Spring Fever Shop Sale

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Enjoy up to 60% off select shop merchandise and designer textile brands including Carol Cassidy, Amy Nguyen, batiks from Brahma Tirta Sari, Randall Darwall, Dominique Bello, Tumar and Maruca Bags, and more.

Lecture: The Power and Limits of Textile Dye Analysis

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join renowned chemist Richard Laursen as he describes methods for analyzing dyes in rugs and other textiles. A collaboration with the International Hajji Baba Society.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Perspectives on South Persian Tribal Weavings

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

Using rugs and images (published and unpublished), collector James Opie will discuss how the ethnology of various tribes in South Persia affects how we determine the origins of their weaving designs.

Book Talk: "D.C. by Metro: A History & Guide"

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 12:00pm

This locally-driven presentation by author and journalist Michelle Goldchain will reveal the quirky, often unknown histories behind the D.C. area's most notable monuments, memorials, museums, statues, and murals—each within walking distance to a Metro station.


Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Workshop: Korean Embroidery

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

In this adult workshop organized by the Korean Cultural Center, master embroiderer Kim Tae Ja will teach participants how to embroider a hand mirror with flowers, leaves, and other designs.

Member Program: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912" Exhibition Tour

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 11:00am

Museum members are invited to join museum curator Lee Talbot for a special tour of "Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912" at the Freer|Sackler.

Lecture: Harry Wardman’s Washington

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sally Berk will share her expertise on early twentieth-century residential developer Harry Wardman, who significantly influenced the look and feel of Washington, D.C.'s residential neighborhoods.

Workshop: Introduction to Needle Lace

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

Artist Sandy Hoar will teach a one-hour workshop on the Armenian method of needle lace.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Weaving Identity: Textiles in Latin America

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:30am

In this lecture, Andrea Gallelli Huezo analyzes textiles as decipherable art objects and modes of exploring identity in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Latin America.

Lecture and Discussion: La Blouse Roumaine: Traditional Textiles, Art & Cultural Fashion

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm

The official launch of the concept of the brand new La Blouse Romaine Magazine presented by Andreea Tănăsescu, the founder of the Universal Day of the Romanian Blouse social movement and President of IA Association. The launch will be followed by a moderated discussion on the importance of the folk costume as an identity marker and a source of identity and of inspiration.

Workshop: Paper Dressmaking

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Create your own designer dress from recycled newspaper and other common household items inspired by your imagination and textiles on display in the galleries.

Gallery Talk: Sacred and Secular Islamic Textiles

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

This curator’s talk will focus on three textiles with an inscription with Arabic script—the first and the foremost form of visual expression in Islamic art.


End-of-Year Inventory Sale

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Save up to 70% off select small accessories, home décor, and gifts.

Gallery Talk and Demonstration: Weaving Words with Simple Tools

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Learn about card-woven pieces on display in The Textile Museum collections gallery, and try card weaving for yourself.

Member Program: "Beaded Prayers Project" Workshop

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Curator of Education Tom Goehner leads a workshop for museum members on creating personal prayer packets inspired by the exhibition.

Film: "Century of Color: Maya Weaving and Textiles"

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

The documentary surveys one hundred years of continuity and change in Maya weaving and textiles of Guatemala.

Member Program: "Best Laid Plans" and "Songs of the Civil War" Curator Tour

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

Explore two new Washingtoniana exhibitions with Assistant Curator Jackie Streker.

Workshop: Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Daniel Moreno, a graduate from GW's Interior Architecture program, will lead a guided sketching workshop in the galleries.

Member Program: Personal Textile Treasures from Asia

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Museum members are invited to join members of Weave a Real Peace for a special show-and-tell program with curator Lee Talbot.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Natural Dyes in the Weavings of Oaxaca, Mexico

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:30am

Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez as he discusses the use of natural dyes, including cochineal, found in the traditional textiles in the historic Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Workshop: Dyeing with Cochineal

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Join master dyer and textile artist Porfirio Gutiérrez to learn about the rich history of cochineal dye in its cultural context.

Lecture: Beading Beyond Belief

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 5:30pm

In this talk, artist Sonya Clark shares her inspiration for the "Beaded Prayers Project."