Plan a Visit

Museum and Shop Hours

Monday: 11 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday–Thursday: 11 AM–7 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 1–5 PM
Closed on university holidays, including Independence Day

The museum shop will be closed for inventory on Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30. The Arthur D. Jenkins Library will be closed the week of July 2.

Admission

$8 suggested donation for non-members. Free for museum members, children, and current GW students, faculty, and staff.

Works on View

The museum presents rotating, thematic exhibitions that draw from its collections and loans from other institutions. You can always find a rotating selection of objects from The Textile Museum collections on view in the lower-level galleries.

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Getting Here

The museum is located on GW's Foggy Bottom campus, 27 miles from Dulles International Airport, 5 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and 2.5 miles from Union Station.

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Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies Reading Room

Make an appointment to explore the Washingtoniana Collection.

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Arthur D. Jenkins Library

The library's 20,000-volume, multilingual collection offers artistic, cultural, historical, and technical information related to textiles, rugs, and costume.

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Group Visits

Advance reservations are required for groups of ten or more and for all tour buses. 

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Accessibility

The museum works with GW's Office of Disability Support Services to ensure its exhibitions, programs, and services are accessible to all audiences.

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In the Neighborhood

While the museum does not have a café on site, there are many dining options nearby. The following restaurants are located within a few blocks.

Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

On View

Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat

Through the museum’s exceptional ikat collection assembled by Dr. Guido Goldman, this exhibition focuses on textiles produced with the sophisticated dyeing technique known as “binding the clouds.”

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Explore dozens of festival costumes from minority cultures in southwest China that are new to the museum’s collections.

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Drawing on historical newspapers from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers, this exhibition highlights important life events and accomplishments of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Greetings from Washington

This exhibition examines postcards relating to D.C., from their golden age at the turn of the twentieth century through the vintage glamour of mid-century graphics and beyond.

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.

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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.

Expansive Visions: GW Collection Past, Present, Future

Organized by GW's Luther Brady Art Gallery and presented in the museum's lower-level galleries, this exhibition traces GW's history and evolution as a presenter of contemporary art through highlights from the university collection.