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.