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

Beaded Prayers Project

Initiated by artist Sonya Clark, this interactive exhibition invites visitors to contribute their own beaded “prayer packets” to a community-driven art installation that celebrates diversity and unity. Opens June 8.

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.

Songs of the Civil War

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

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.

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.

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.