Current Exhibitions

Photo of visitor in the "Stories of Migration" exhibition

The museum presents rotating, thematic exhibitions that draw from its collections and loans from other collections and museums. Due to the fragile nature of textiles and works on paper, only a portion of the museum's collections are on display at any given time. 

Textile Exhibitions

A visitor handles a fabric sample in Textiles 101 gallery

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.

Detail from Wiener Werkstätte sample book

Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen

This exhibition brings together global treasures gathered by Lloyd Cotsen, who assembled thousands of textile fragments, garments, and other artworks over his lifetime.

Washingtoniana Exhibitions

Detail of 17th-century map

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection

A selection of maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection includes recent acquisitions and rare treasures.

Detail of lithograph of Mount Vernon

George Washington and His World

Curated by GW students, this display of letters, prints, and artifacts from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection presents a nuanced look at Washington through the places that shaped him.

On View

Detail of Peruvian tunic

Selections from The Textile Museum Collection

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