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

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Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt

Bringing together rarely displayed artworks from the fourth to the twelfth centuries, this exhibition will reveal how textiles infused warmth and beauty into Egypt’s interior spaces.

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.

Film still of a young boy with a sewing machine

Fast Fashion/Slow Art

"Fast Fashion/Slow Art" scrutinizes today’s garment industry through eleven films and video installations. Presented at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.

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 print showing plans for the National Mall

Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City

This exhibition examines unrealized designs for the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, and other structures around the city, through historical prints and paintings from the collection.

Detail of sheet music showing General McClellan

Songs of the Civil War

This exhibition showcases historical sheet music that provided the soundtrack to a nation divided by war.

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.