Exhibitions & Collections

The Textile Museum's collections of more than 20,000 objects from 3000 BCE to the present include some of the world's finest examples of rugs and textiles from the Middle East, Central Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the indigenous cultures of the Americas. The museum is also home to the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection of historical artifacts that tell the story of the founding and evolution of our nation’s capital. Keep reading for information on when you can see treasures from these collections on display.

Photo of visitor in the "Stories of Migration" exhibition

Current Exhibitions

The museum presents rotating, thematic exhibitions that draw from its permanent collections and loans from other institutions.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Learn about new exhibitions opening at the museum this year.

Nancy Cohen, "Estuary; Moods and Modes," 2007

Past Exhibitions

Learn about past exhibitions held at the museum.

Illustration of 19th-century Washington, D.C.

Collections

Explore highlights from the collections that constitute the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

On View

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.”

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.

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Drawing on historical newspapers from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers, this exhibition highlights important life events and accomplishments of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Greetings from Washington

This exhibition examines postcards relating to D.C., from their golden age at the turn of the twentieth century through the vintage glamour of mid-century graphics and beyond.

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana 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. New display debuts June 21.

Detail of artwork by Vernal Bogren Swift

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.

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.

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.