When not on view in the museum's current exhibitions, the permanent collections are stored offsite at the Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center. Explore highlights from these diverse collections online.
The Textile Museum's highly regarded collection of non-Western textiles and carpets encompasses more than 19,000 objects that date from 3,000 BCE to the present. The 20,000-volume Arthur D. Jenkins Library of Textile Arts is a leading resource for the study of textiles.
Rare maps, drawings, letters, documents, prints, and photographs in this collection tell the story of how Washington became the vibrant commercial center that George Washington envisioned.