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The museum is temporarily closed to visitors as a public health precaution.
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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. While the museum is closed, please visit us virtually.




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

Phone: 202-994-5200

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


Monday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Closed on university holidays




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), Marvin Center (on H Street between 21st and 22nd streets), and University Parking (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

Free highlights tours of the galleries are led by docents Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. for approximately 45 minutes. To schedule an exhibition tour for a group of 10 to 40 people, you must submit an online request at least three weeks in advance.

Tips for Your Visit

Textile with tassles

Stop by anytime the museum is open to shop a thoughtfully selected array of wearables, home décor, books and gifts inspired by textile traditions from around the globe. Selections emphasize handmade, fair trade and sustainable products. 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. The library is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Email [email protected] to make an appointment and help our librarian prepare for your visit.

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. 

It is open by appointment Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email [email protected] to make an appointment and help our curator prepare for your visit.

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 him or her 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.

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

15-minute walk from the museum

Visit year-round exhibitions of work by students and visiting artists in the beautiful Flagg Building, built in 1897. 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.

Current Corcoran School Exhibitions and Programs

Students in front of art

Luther W. Brady Art Gallery

15-minute walk from the museum

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). The gallery presents exhibitions that draw from the university’s art collection.

Current Brady Gallery Exhibitions

Student hanging work

Gallery 102

Five-minute walk from the museum

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

Current Gallery 102 Exhibitions

Exterior Lisner

Lisner Auditorium

Two-minute walk from the museum

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

Lisner Events Calendar