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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
Phone Number: +1 202-994-5200
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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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Great for fabric lives

I love anything related to fiber and textiles...This therefore is my favorite place in dc...( you have to love fabric to appreciate this obsession...I'm not the only one!) The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2016
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank DCQuilter
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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West Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

I love anything related to fiber and textiles...This therefore is my favorite place in dc...( you have to love fabric to appreciate this obsession...I'm not the only one!) The museum used to be in nw dc....now a beautiful building at GW. It seems to be mostly rotating exhibits...which is nice. The also have a great textile library. If you're a... More 

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Washington, Dc, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

This is not an exclusively Textile Museum. However, the curators cleverly integrate the extensive textile collection into other special exhibitions. The result is a clever blend that places the textiles in a larger social, political, historical, and economic context. Note that the new museum is now in the middle of George Washington University. It was erroneously shown at its old... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

The Textile Museum is now part of George Washington University in Foggy Bottom area. The new building has a lot of space for the exhibits and the current location is very easily access by public transportation. It is located at the heart of the University in a newly built building. The current exhibit is "China Through the Lens of John... More 

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