Welcome back to the museum.
We have new hours and safety guidelines. Learn more

 

Museum building at the corner of 21 and G Streets, NW

 

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The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is located on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, the White House, Kennedy Center and the National Mall. Our galleries are open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also visit us virtually.

 

Location

701 21st St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Phone: 202-994-5200

Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station
(Blue, Orange and Silver lines)
 

Reopening Hours

Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Hours:

Closed Friday, December 24-Tuesday, January 4.

 

 

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Planning Your Visit

The galleries are open to visitors Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These hours are subject to change.

No, visitors are welcome to walk in for a visit any time during the museum’s public hours.

New exhibitions include Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia and two shows that celebrate GW's bicentennial year. The exhibition Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen has been extended through the fall. Browse exhibitions

Our museum shop has reopened as the Artisans Gallery, an educational gallery where you can buy and learn about handmade textiles representing global traditions. The Artisans Gallery is open during the museum’s public hours, Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In accordance with GW and D.C. government regulations, all visitors over the age of 2 must wear masks inside the museum, regardless of vaccination status. Bring your own mask or pick one up at the front desk.

Yes, full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all visitors over the age of 12. Full vaccination is defined as at least 14 days since receiving the final required dose of FDA or WHO authorized vaccines.

Visitors traveling from outside D.C., Maryland and Virginia should follow travel restrictions set by the District of Columbia Mayor’s office. Check D.C.'s coronavirus website for the latest updates.

 

We have currently suspended in-person programs and tours but are committed to a robust calendar of virtual programs

GW faculty and staff can schedule course-related guided tours, research appointments and event space reservations Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Browse faculty and student resources

Yes, the museum offers a wide range of virtual talks and experiences that you can enjoy from home. Browse upcoming programs

Researchers can make an appointment to visit the museum’s Arthur D. Jenkins Library for the textile arts, the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center, the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies and the Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center. Learn about our research centers

Admission

A suggested donation of $8 supports the museum’s exhibitions, collections and educational programs. Admission is free for museum members, children and current GW students, faculty and staff.

Getting Here

 

Metro

We encourage you to use public transportation when visiting. The museum is located four blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station (Blue, Orange and Silver lines), a 15-minute walk from the Farragut North Station (Red line), and is also near many bus lines. Plan Your Metro Trip
 

 

Parking

Limited, two-hour street parking is available on campus. The university’s closest paid parking garages are: G Street (enter via 20th and 21st streets between F and G streets), University Student Center (on H Street between 21st and 22nd streets), and Science and Engineering Hall (H Street between 22nd and 23rd streets). Detailed Parking Information

 

Buses

Groups arriving in buses or minibuses must drop off and pick up passengers on G Street at the intersection with 21st Street. Tour Buses in D.C. 

Accessibility

We collaborate with GW's Disability Support Services to ensure our spaces and programs are accessible to everyone. All museum spaces are wheelchair-accessible, and designated parking spaces are available in university parking garages. Cars can also drop off passengers at the curb in front of the museum on 21st Street. For sign-language interpretation for museum programs or tours, email the Education Department two weeks in advance of your visit.

 

Women pointing to textile

Tips for Your Visit

Textile with tassles

The museum shop has reopened as an educational gallery where you can buy and learn about handmade textiles representing global traditions. We support certified fair trade, sustainable, handmade and culturally authentic work. Members always receive a 10 percent discount.

The Arthur D. Jenkins Library features thousands of hard-to-find resources on global textiles and traditional dress. Email Librarian Tracy Meserve at [email protected] for research assistance or to schedule an appointment.

This center is home to one of the world’s most significant textile study collections, consisting of nearly 4,000 textile fragments created around the globe. Scholars, faculty, students and artists are invited to consult with Academic Coordinator Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer at [email protected] to discuss research opportunities and schedule an appointment. 

The center houses a research collection of maps, illustrative prints, newspapers and ephemera relating to Washington, D.C., history, as well as a non-circulating library. Email Assistant Curator Jackie Streker at [email protected] for research assistance or to schedule an appointment.

A coat room with lockers is available for bags larger than 11 by 15 inches, and umbrellas, outerwear and oversized strollers.

The museum does not have a café, but you can find many places to eat nearby.

You may photograph the art in the galleries, with the exception of designated works on loan. To protect the art and avoid disturbance to other visitors, flashes, tripods and selfie sticks are prohibited. Staff may photograph or film in the museum for educational and promotional purposes. Your presence implies your consent for the use of your image and voice in marketing materials. If you see a staff photographer, please let them know if you would prefer not to be photographed.

Changing stations are located in restrooms on gallery levels. Strollers and front-worn baby carriers are permitted in the galleries. We encourage you to visit the Textiles 101 gallery where children can enjoy hands-on learning experiences.

Owing to the delicate nature of our museum collections, cut flowers and live plants are prohibited in the building.

Follow the museum's social media for insights on our collections, upcoming programs and more. You can find the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Arts on Campus

While you are on campus, explore these other art venues open to the public.

 

Exterior of Corcoran

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

Temporarily closed to the public

The beautiful Flagg Building, built in 1897, hosts exhibitions of work by students and visiting artists. The Corcoran was established in 1869 as an art gallery by William Wilson Corcoran, and developed into a degree-granting art and design school. In 2014, the school became part of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. 
 

Students in front of art

Luther W. Brady Art Gallery

Temporarily closed to the public

The Flagg Building also houses the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, established in 2001 with support from oncologist and arts philanthropist Luther W. Brady (B.A. ’46, M.D. ’48). 
 

Student hanging work

Gallery 102

Temporarily closed to the public

This contemporary arts space provides curatorial experience to GW students and presents work by student, local and national artists. 
 

Exterior Lisner

Lisner Auditorium

Lisner Auditorium, one block north of the museum, hosts performances, university events and speakers throughout the year.

Lisner Events Calendar