The museum is currently closed.

Stop by any time 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–Friday from 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. Email [email protected] to schedule 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 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–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 11x15 inches, umbrellas, outerwear, and oversized strollers.

The museum does not have a café, but there are many places to eat nearby.

You are invited to use non-flash photography in the galleries, except for designated works of art on loan from private collections or institutions. To protect the artwork on view, we do not allow tripods or selfie sticks. We may photograph or film in the museum for educational and promotional purposes. Your presence implies your consent for 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.

Due to the delicate nature of our museum’s collections, no cut flowers or live plants are permitted in the building.