Who We Are

Members of the Silk Road Dance Company perform at the museum's Mid-Winter Central Asian Family Festival
Members of the Silk Road Dance Company perform at the museum's Mid-Winter Central Asian Family Festival. Photo by Alfredo Flores.
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Located in the heart of GW's Foggy Bottom Campus, Washington, the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum fosters the study and appreciation of art, history, and culture—both within the university and throughout the global community. As a cornerstone of the university’s growing focus on arts and culture, the museum unites:

  • The Textile Museum, an institution with a nearly one-hundred year history, an established audience, and a respected collection of textile art representing five continents and five millennia.
  • The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection of historic artifacts that tell the story of the founding and evolution of our nation’s capital.
  • Relevant artworks from the university’s collections, which include paintings, prints and drawings, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts.

Expanding Arts and Culture

Through exhibitions, programs, and academic courses, the museum integrates with diverse disciplines to enrich research, education, and cultural understanding both across and beyond the university. The museum also strengthens the established reputation of GW as a leader in training the next generation of museum professionals. Finally, it welcomes the public into the life of the university and, through its collections, creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration throughout the world.

The museum complex joins a new signature building with the renovated historic Woodhull House, located adjacent to University Yard. The state-of-the-art Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center on GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus offers long-term protection, study, access, and care of the collections. 

The Textile Museum's 2014 Annual Report

Learn more about The Textile Museum's transition to the university.