Current Exhibitions

Photo of visitor in the "Stories of Migration" exhibition

The museum presents rotating, thematic exhibitions that draw from its permanent collection 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

Dujin (inner robe)

Bingata! Only in Okinawa

This special showing of textile treasures from Okinawan museum collections features brightly colored bingata—traditional resist-dyed fabrics—and contemporary works by Okinawan artists and fashion designers.

Washingtoniana Exhibitions

Photo of Albert H. Small’s office in Bethesda, Maryland

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.

27-Star James K. Polk and George M. Dallas Campaign Parade Flag

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.

Also on View

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.