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 fall.

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

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Stunning ensembles by leading designers tell the story of the Ebony Fashion Fair and its creator Eunice W. Johnson, who broke the color barrier to bring global fashion to African-American audiences.

Foundations for a Nation: Architectural Images from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

Historical images reveal how public competitions, presidential preferences, and unanticipated historical events shaped the U.S. Capitol and White House.

A Collector’s Vision: Selections 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.

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.