Washington, D.C.

United States


Website: www.textilemuseum.org

The New Textile Museum

The Textile Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of mankind's creative achievements in the textile arts. As a museum, it is committed to its role as a center of excellence in the scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles, with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural significance of its collections. The mission is pursued through development and maintenance of collections, records and a library, as well as through scholarly research, exhibitions, publications and educational programs. In all of this, the standard of excellence established by the Museum's founder, George Hewitt Myers, will be maintained.

Permanent Collection

In 1925 George Hewitt Myers founded The Textile Museum with a collection of 275 rugs and 60 related textiles drawn from the traditions of non-Western cultures. With the establishment of The Textile Museum, Myers demonstrated his commitment to championing the appreciation of textiles as works of art.

At the time of his death in 1957, his collection numbered 500 rugs and 3,500 textiles. Since then, the Museum has broadened its' holdings to better represent the full spectrum of non-Western textile arts. Today the Museum's collections number more than 17,000 objects and span 5,000 years, dating from 3,000 B.C.E. to the present.

The vocabulary used to describe textiles is rich, varied and often unfamiliar. Click here to learn some of the terms most commonly used to describe hand-made textiles. These terms are a brief introduction to textile terminology and chosen to facilitate your understanding of the concepts you might encounter during your visit to The Textile Museum’s web site.


February 2 - July 8, 2007

Red is a potent color. This exhibition explores the uses and meanings of red in textiles across time and place. From the pre-Columbian high Andes to the 21st-century streets of New York, red textiles are a compelling symbol, representing passion, power, status and human emotion itself.

Architectural Textiles:
Tent Bands of Central Asia
March 30 – August 19, 2007

The trellis tent is a brilliant invention. It has made nomadic life possible across Central Asia for at least one and a half millennia. An important component of its construction is a woven tent band which girdles the lower part of the wooden roof struts.

Activity Gallery
Permanent Exhibition
The Textile Learning Center's Activity Gallery provides opportunities for Museum visitors of all ages to learn about how textiles are made and the ways in which cultural traditions, the environment and even the economy influence the character of handmade textiles.


suggested donation $5.

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Getting there

The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S Street, NW in Washington's historic Kalorama neighborhood, just off Embassy Row.

by metro:
Take the red line to the Dupont Circle stop. Leave the station via the Q Street exit. Walk north on Connecticut Avenue. At the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Florida Avenue and S Street, cross Florida Avenue and go left. Take immediate right onto S Street. Continue walking up S Street 2 long blocks to The Textile Museum on the left

by car:
The Museum is in close proximity to two major Washington thoroughfares - Massachusetts Avenue and Connecticut Avenue. There is limited on-street parking near the Museum as it is located in a residential and diplomatic neighborhood.

Mola panel, Panama,
San Blas Islands (Cuna People)
The Textile Museum 1985.56.16
Donated from the Collection of
Jonathan Leonard.

from the north:
Travel south on Connecticut Avenue to S Street, turn right on S and proceed two blocks to the Museum on the left.
or Travel south on Massachusetts Avenue to S Street, turn left on S and proceed one block to the Museum on the right.

from the south:
Travel north to Massachusetts Avenue, proceed on Massachusetts to 24th street, turn right on 24th, right on S and proceed one block to the Museum on the right.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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The Museum's educational programs encourage visitors to explore the variety and wonder in the textile arts and learn more about how textiles are made and why they are important. Exhibition-related programming is designed to enhance and expand upon the exhibition themes. All exhibitions feature school tours, and programs are offered for educators throughout the year.

Click here to see the Museum's current calendar of events.


Celebration of Textiles.
Photo by Sheila Galagan.

On the first weekend in June the Museum and its gardens come alive with Celebration of Textiles, a festival featuring hands-on activities and textile demonstrations led by local artists. Children and adults delight in seeing sheep sheared and learning how wool is prepared for weaving.

As part of the 2007 Celebration of Textiles, The Textile Museum invited all 1st-6th grade classes in District of Columbia Public Schools to apply for participation in a unique museum-school partnership project. For more information and an application, click here.

Other family programs focused on specific exhibitions are offered throughout the year. Typically scheduled on a weekend afternoon, these drop-in programs offer hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Adult programs include tours, lectures, workshops, films, and year-round Saturday Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings. Held almost every Saturday at 10:30 am, Rug & Textile Appreciation Mornings give visitors an opportunity to expand their knowledge of textiles from around the world. Speakers include local collectors, dealers and experts who share ...+ [ Read all ]



Highlights Tours are introductory tours of the Museum and current exhibitions. Tours are offered September through May every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm, and the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. No reservations required.

Guided Exhibition Tours for groups may be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance for the following days and times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:15 am to 3:00 pm; Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Please fill out the tour request form at http://www.textilemuseum.org/education/adulttours.htm, or call (202) 667-0441, ext. 65 to request a tour.