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Mission & History

Mission Statement

The Textile Museum expands public knowledge and appreciation—locally, nationally, and internationally—of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles.

George Hewitt Myers

In 1925 George Hewitt Myers founded The Textile Museum with a collection of 275 rugs and 60 related textiles. Myers collected actively for the Museum until his death in 1957, at which time the collection had grown to encompass the textile arts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Myers' time, the Museum was open by appointment only and received several hundred visitors annually. Today, The Textile Museum is one of the world's foremost specialized art museums and receives 25,000 to 35,000 visitors each year from around the world.

To learn more about the founder of The Textile Museum and the history of the institution, visit our online exhibition Ahead of His Time: The Collecting Vision of George Hewitt Myers.


The Textile Museum and The George Washington University

The Textile Museum is joining with The George Washington University, a leading university in Washington, D.C., to become the cornerstone of a new museum scheduled to open in mid-2014 on GW’s main campus in Foggy Bottom. The affiliation positions The Textile Museum to educate the next generation and expand on its rich tradition of art, education, scholarship and cultural understanding.

To read more about this affiliation, please visit textilemuseum.org/tmatgw



The Textile Museum is currently housed in two historic buildings in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Visitors enter the Museum through the former home of the Museum's founding family which was designed by John Russell Pope in 1913.

Since 1925, the Museum's galleries have been located in an adjacent building purchased by George Hewitt Myers for this purpose. Large gardens behind the buildings are open to the public during Museum hours.

For more information on visiting the Museum, click here.

An exterior view of The Textile Museum The Textile Museum garden

The Textile Museum Annual Reports

TM Annual Report 2012
annual report 2011 TM Annual Report 2011
TM Annual Report 2010
TM Annual Report 2009

Earlier reports are available by request from the Development Department.


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