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The Textile Museum in the George Washington University Museum

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Address: 701 21st Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20052
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 19:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Exhibits focus on the cloth-making process as well as on the role textiles...

Exhibits focus on the cloth-making process as well as on the role textiles play in various cultures.

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My 16 year old daughter and I really enjoyed our visit. The temporary exhibit from the Okinawan museum was beautiful and informative. We learned so much about how the textiles... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Mary M
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
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chuckChicago
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to the museum previously, before it moved to GWU. It has a really good collection but only small parts of it are on display at any given time so it is hit and miss as to what you'll see. The first time we went when it was still in Kalorama Heights, the display included incredible containers to hold... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

My 16 year old daughter and I really enjoyed our visit. The temporary exhibit from the Okinawan museum was beautiful and informative. We learned so much about how the textiles were made and Japanese culture. We also found the exhibit with campaign flags and patriotic textiles to be very interesting.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Not really a long term textile fan, but recent interest peaked about textile as art. I totally appreciated this exhibit and the museum layout on the GWU campus (Foggy Bottom metro). It is open and modern and displays textiles to view easily. The current exhibition on Okinawan kimonos is informative and eye-appealing. Each kimono has a brief description that leads... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Textile Museum recently moved from the Dupont Circle area to the GW University Campus close to the Foggy Bottom metro. The current exhibition is Bingata! Only in Okinawa. Check the website if you want to visit the library. The galleries are spacious...the shop is inviting. You won't be sorry. Plenty of action in the area and plenty of places... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is part of the university and included exhibits other than textiles. The museum is by donation (suggested $8). After a crazy day of the big museums on the mall it was great to visit this lovely quiet cool space We got to see extremely old textiles from around the world. The museum shop is full of quirky arty... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The Textile Museum moved to a spanking new modern building on the GW campus. The new space allows larger exhibits. Wonderful space and lecture series.

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1 Thank DCQuilter
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I was recommended to see this gallery and it was such a nice change to the bigger, well-known museums that Washington hosts. If you want a stunning staircase, less crowds, more intimate close-ups with artworks and a fabulous shop to purchase goodies to take home...then go no further than this museum. I think its more like a gallery - contemporary... More 

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Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

This museum is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A suggested donation for admission. If you like museums gives this a try and see what you think. I am neutral on this one. It's free.

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Olean, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Lots to see here, and on a recent visit, the display of photographs and textiles from China captivated us for several hours. Descriptions were detailed of how the people in the era would address the photographer, either looking straight on or away, smiling or not, and the class struggles of the time were evident. The beautiful fabrics and garments, including... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

The old Textile Museum near Dupont Circle was always a joy to visit. This one...not such a joy. There are very few textiles on exhibit. There were two,very interesting and well-mounted exhibits which included a few beautiful textiles. But the textiles were not the focus of the exhibits. So, where are the textiles? Given a move that, I assume, was... More 

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