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 through the spring.

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

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

Collector and former Textile Museum trustee Lloyd Cotsen challenged thirty-six leading fiber artists worldwide to create a dynamic three-dimensional work sized to fit within a standardized box.

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

"Scraps" presents the work of three designers who have pioneered creative approaches to recycling textiles: Luisa Cevese in Milan; Christina Kim in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo in Tokyo.

Detail of pillar rug from the museum's 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.

For the Record: Picturing D.C.

Compelling images selected through the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s annual juried competition document the city’s evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists.

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. Opens October 18.

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.