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




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 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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

Phone: 202-994-5200

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


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

Closed on university holidays.


Frequently Asked Questions

The museum is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

We currently have exhibitions on two floors. On level three, the site-specific installation Anne Lindberg: what color is divine light? transforms light and thread into a site for contemplation and reflection. On level two, Prayer and Transcendence explores the role and iconography of classical prayer carpets. In the Woodhull House galleries on level two, you can find two exhibitions of D.C. history: Classical Washington and The New Naval and Military Map of the United States

Our museum shop is now the Artisans Gallery, an educational gallery where you can buy and learn about handmade textiles representing global traditions. You can visit during the museum’s public hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Masks are optional but encouraged for gallery visitors.

We no longer require proof of vaccination to visit the museum's galleries.

We offer a range of public programs in person and online, as well as custom gallery tours for groups of up to 20 people. Schedule a tour

Yes, 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. Make an appointment

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


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



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



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



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. 


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

Gallery Tours

You can book a custom gallery tour for a group of up to 20 people by submitting an online request at least three weeks in advance. Tours are led by our experienced docents. 

Tips for Your Visit

Textile with tassles

The museum shop is now the Artisans Gallery, 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. Museum 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 Karthika Audinet 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 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

Open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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