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

Photo of model wearing Givenchy by Alexander McQueen evening dress

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.

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

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.

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.