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

A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia

Woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans, kilims are enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.

Faig Ahmed: Nonvisual Language

This intimate exhibition introduces new works and installations by acclaimed Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed.

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.

Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of D.C.'s Past

This exhibition examines the evolution of Washington, D.C., through two new panoramic landscape paintings by local artist Peter Waddell and related works.

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.