Collections

Illustration of 19th-century Washington, D.C.

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

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.

The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

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.

On View

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair's creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences.

Your Next President . . . ! The Campaign Art of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman

Patriotic textiles from the Collection of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman illustrate how presidential campaigning developed in the 19th century.

A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

Updated in June with a dozen new objects, this exhibition showcases highlights from this remarkable collection documenting the history of D.C.

Detail of ikat from The Textile Museum collections

Selections from The Textile Museum Collections

You can always find a rotating selection of objects from The Textile Museum collections on view in the museum's lower-level galleries, including many objects that have rarely or never before been displayed.

Expansive Visions: GW Collection Past, Present, Future

Organized by GW's Luther Brady Art Gallery and presented in the museum's lower-level galleries, this exhibition traces GW's history and evolution as a presenter of contemporary art through highlights from the university collection.

Rights and Reproductions

If you are interested in requesting images of works in the museum's collections for publication, contact museumreproductions@gwu.edu.