The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Textile Museum

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum fosters the study and appreciation of art, history, and culture – within GW and throughout the world. As a cornerstone of the university’s growing focus on these areas, the museum will act as a hub of GW’s interdisciplinary work to:

  • enrich research, education, and cultural understanding
  • train the next generation of museum professionals
  • welcome the public into the life of the university

While the new museum has limitless opportunities, we need financial resources to make them a reality.

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A Cornerstone for GW's Growing Focus on Arts and Culture

  • Textile Museum

    New Spaces for Art, History, and Culture

    Two new facilities—a museum in Foggy Bottom and conservation and collections resource center on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus—will be venues for engaging both the university community and the public.

  • Museums Studies

    Museums Slider: Support Academic Engagement

    Established in 1976, GW’s Museum Studies Program ranks among the top museum training programs in the United States. Hands-on learning will provide students with direct exposure to art and historical objects. 

  • Air and Space Museum Exhibit

    Museums Slider: Support Future Leaders of the Arts

    More than 800 Museum Studies Program alumni now work in museums, historic sites and houses, federal agencies, and non-profits throughout the world. Support for new fellowships and internships will cultivate the next generation of scholars and museum professionals.

  • Textile Museum

    Museums Slider: Support Education and Research

    The Textile Museum’s global collections and GW’s ties to the diplomatic community will introduce new collaborative opportunities. Faculty and staff will be critical for academic integration across the university.


Extraordinary Opportunities for Students, Faculty, Scholars, and the General Public

  • Textile Museum
  • Textiles
  • John Wetenhall
  • Textile Museum

“This is a truly unique partnership in the museum world … that joins two pillars of Washington’s cultural and educational life.”

Dr. Ford W. Bell, President of the American Association of Museums

“The Textile Museum is a hidden gem in Washington, so its partnership with GW is very exciting. It’s wonderful that this collaboration will bring even more cultural opportunities to campus.”

Nikki Rappaport, Bachelor of Arts '09

“The new museum brings collections of global importance to the GW campus and provides a public place for scholarship, cultural programming and museum education.”

John Wetenhall, Director of the George Washington Museum and The Textile Museum

“The museum will enable students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to make connections that become most apparent when working with historical and artistic artifacts.”

Dr. Steven Lerman, Former GW Provost and A. James Clark Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering