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 of jacket in exhibition

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.

Detail of ikat

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.”

Washingtoniana Exhibitions

Detail of print with stagecoach

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

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

On View

Detail of pillar rug from the museum's 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.