Collections

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

When not on view in the museum's current exhibitions, the museum's 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

Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat

Through the museum’s exceptional ikat collection assembled by Dr. Guido Goldman, this exhibition focuses on textiles produced with the sophisticated dyeing technique known as “binding the clouds.”

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Explore dozens of festival costumes from minority cultures in southwest China that are new to the museum’s collections.

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Drawing on historical newspapers from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers, this exhibition highlights important life events and accomplishments of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Greetings from Washington

This exhibition examines postcards relating to D.C., from their golden age at the turn of the twentieth century through the vintage glamour of mid-century graphics and beyond.

Textiles 101

Interactive displays allow you to enter the mind of an artist to explore fiber, structure, color, and the creative choices that influence textile design.

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 [email protected].